Early indicator of the cost of flooding

Somerset County Council anticipates it will submit a claim for around £2 million to the Government for costs incurred during the floods crisis.

The amount of funding the authority is likely to apply for under the Bellwin Scheme was revealed at a Cabinet meeting this morning, although full details are yet to be confirmed.

However, it was revealed that Somerset County Council will not be charged by the military for their assistance.

Council staff were also praised at the meeting for working long hours, sometimes in dangerous conditions to help people affected by the floods.