A Somerset Council drop-in event on flood response has been cancelled over fears of flooding.

The event, which was scheduled to be held in Wellington on Wednesday, November 1, invited residents to meet with officials from the local authority to discuss how to deal with severe weather events.

Wellington Town Councillors were set to join the meeting, to hear how the unitary authority was helping with recovery effort from September's localised floods.

Speaking ahead of the now-cancelled meeting, town clerk Dave Farrow said: “The event is an opportunity for people’s experiences to be heard, to capture lessons learned, and understand any unmet needs."

But that opportunity has now been postponed, over fears of flooding associated with storm Ciaran. Confirming the cancellation, a spokesperson for Wellington town council said:

"We have just been notified by Somerset Council that they are postponing this evening's drop in event as a result of the severe weather forecast across the region this evening and beyond.

"They have said: With tonight’s forecast and the prospect of many colleagues who were due to attend having to either be involved in flood response elsewhere or drive in potentially unsafe conditions after the event, we will postpone this afternoons event."

The event is now likely to be rescheduled for November 22, at the Wellington Football Club.