Please see the latest progress on the Flood Action Plan here.
The Environment Agency’s initial dredging of an 8km section of the rivers Parrett and Tone started at the end of March. You can read the latest EA update on the dredging here. You can read our past press Releases about the Flood Action Plan here.
Muchelney road raising proposals
The plan includes an action to secure road access to the village of Muchelney at times of flood. As the Highways authority, Somerset County Council has proposed a scheme to achieve this.
The proposals were shared at the village church between 3-8pm on Thursday, 3 July. The information that was available can also be found here.
If you were unable to attend the event you can comment on the proposals by completing this short survey. We urge people to make their comments as soon as possible by 20 July at the latest.
A decision on whether to go ahead with the scheme is expected to be taken late in July.
Background to the Plan
The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson asked for a single, overarching plan that will guide water and land management policies and investment on Somerset’s Levels and Moors for the next twenty years. The Flood Action Plan (FAP) was produced by a range of organisations, with the involvement of the community and was co-ordinated by Somerset County Council.
You can download the 20 Year Flood Action Plan, and the executive summary of the plan here:
The Plan can’t stop flooding, but the actions in it will reduce the frequency, duration and severity of a flood of the nature experienced in 2013/14.
Its work is about how the whole catchment works, not just the flooded areas. No single area of work in the plan will solve the problem, but all together they can make a difference.
Not all the challenges can be solved at once. Some actions are already funded and underway while others are more long-term and still need to have funding identified.
Who is working on the Flood Action Plan?
The following organisations and agencies are working together to deliver the actions in the FAP:
Department of Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Environment Agency (EA), Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Natural England (NE), Sedgemoor District Council (SDC), Somerset Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs), South Somerset District Council (SSDC), Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) and Mendip District Council (MDC).