Beer Wall and River Sowy drop-in

Residents are being reminded that they can drop-in and find out more about plans for flood prevention works on Beer Wall today.

The plans for works that would prevent the closure of the A372 at times of flood and increase the capacity of the River Sowy is being shared with the public.

A drop-in event in Othery Village Hall today from 3-7pm is being jointly hosted by the Environment Agency and Somerset County Council to give information about the scheme which is part of the multi-agency Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan.

The County Council’s scheme that would see four new culverts built to the east of Langacre Rhyne which runs alongside the Sowy under the A372 at Beer Wall.

At times of flood, the culverts would allow water to pass under the road and feed back into the rhyne. Last winter the A372 was flooded at Beer Wall for several weeks and then closed to accommodate emergency pumping.

The drop-in event will be a chance for people to find out more information, ask questions and give their comments on the proposed scheme.

The Environment Agency will be sharing information about its proposals for channel improvements on the River Sowy and Kings Sedgemoor Drain. All the works aim to increase the capacity of the channels so that in a future flood situations water could more quickly and more effectively diverted from the River Parrett through to Dunball.

Cllr John Osman, Leader of Somerset County Council and Chair of the Leaders Implementation Group, which drives the work of the Flood Action Plan, said: “We want to keep people on the Levels and Moors well-informed about the work that is being planned in their communities as part of the Flood Action Plan. The Plan cannot stop flooding, but it together its actions can reduce the frequency, duration and severity of floods.”

The works being discussed at the drop-in event are being undertaken as part of the Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan. The Plan is being delivered by a range of agencies coordinated by Somerset County Council. The Beer Wall improvements are the responsibility of the County Council.