Britain is bracing itself for more flooding this weekend as forecasters predict further heavy downpours.

A man died after being trapped in his 4x4 after it became wedged under a bridge in Chew Stoke, Somerset, at 8.50pm yesterday.

The Environment Agency (EA) said nearly 300 properties had already flooded across the UK since Tuesday and claimed further disruption was likely.

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Britain is bracing itself for more flooding this weekend as forecasters predict further heavy downpours


Some 59 flood warnings were issued and more than 160 less serious flood alerts were also given.

An EA spokesman said: "We're warning of a continued risk of surface water and river flooding this weekend across south west, central and north west England and Wales.

"Rain will return to all parts of the country on Saturday with the heaviest and most persistent rain in western England and parts of Wales.

"River flooding is likely with the possibility of significant disruption, particularly across Devon, north Somerset and Wales. This rain spreads north and east increasing flood risk in north-east and north-west England on Sunday."

The AA said the last few days have been some of its busiest for flood-related call-outs.

Those injured in weather-related incidents included an elderly pedestrian whose head was cut after being struck by a tree, two teenage girls taken to hospital with head and shoulder injuries, and a female driver in her 50s who escaped with minor injuries after her car was crushed by a falling tree trunk.

Darron Burness, the AA's head of special operations, said: "With more heavy rain forecast across the Midlands, Wales and the South West, road conditions in the affected areas are likely to only get worse as the ground is so saturated.

"Even if you think you know your local roads, don't be complacent, as flash-flooding continues to be a real risk and is catching people out."

Meanwhile, Network Rail said trains were likely to be suspended between Exeter and Bristol until Monday.

A man who died after becoming trapped in his blue Mitsubishi Shogun in Somerset yesterday has not been named. He was pulled from the vehicle and was pronounced dead after emergency crews were called to the scene near a ford at Rectory Fields, Chew Stoke.

Petra Lowe, 43, who lives nearby, said: "Somebody in the village was out with their son and realised the car was stuck. I don't think that at the time they realised there was anyone in the car, and then they realised there was and they alerted emergency services.

"Due to the bridge they couldn't get out of the car. However the car was fixed, they couldn't actually get out.

"We live just up around the corner and could hear an awful lot of commotion. He was alive when he got out of the car, I think, but by the time he got to hospital he'd died."

The weather improved today, but Chris Burton, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the downpours were set to return over the weekend.

"An area of low pressure will move in from the South West overnight bringing quite heavy rain spreading north across England and Wales tomorrow afternoon.

"There will be heavy and persistent rain in the South West and Wales which have both already had lots of rain, so there is a further risk of flooding," he said.

Mr Burton also warned that strong winds could cause problems.

"Gusts across inland areas will get up to 50mph or 60mph, and gusts on the south coast on Saturday night and early Sunday could reach 70mph, which is strong enough to knock down trees."

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    WELLS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A car sits stuck in flood water on a lane in the village of Chilcompton on November 21, 2012 near Wells, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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    A man walks along the sea front in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

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    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Autumn weather November 22nd

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  • Heavy Rain Causes Disruption For Parts Of The UK

    WELLS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A car sits stuck in flood water on a lane in the village of Chilcompton on November 21, 2012 near Wells, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Heavy Rain Causes Disruption For Parts Of The UK

    WELLS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: A car sits stuck in flood water on a lane in the village of Chilcompton on November 21, 2012 near Wells, England. Heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK particularly in Somerset and Wiltshire and weather forecasters have warned of more wet and windy weather to come.(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars negotiate floodwater near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars negotiate floodwater near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars make their way through floods in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars make their way through floods in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    A car is stranded in flood water in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

  • Autumn weather November 21st

    Cars make their way through floods in the village of Norton near Worcester, as motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

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  • Autumn weather November 22nd

    A small dog being rescued after becoming stuck near a sea wall during high winds in Helensburgh, Scotland, as the UK is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    CHEW STOKE, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: A Land Rover drives near a ford, where a man died after being washed away and trapped in flood waters in Chew Stoke, on November 23, 2012 in Somerset, England. The man died after becoming trapped in his 4x4 car in flood water last night as heavy rain continued to bring chaos to large parts of the country. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    KEYNSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: Two men wade through flood water that has covered the car park for Portavon Marina, on November 23, 2012 in Keynsham, England. A man died during flooding near Bath yesterday as stormy weather is expected to continue over the weekend. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)