Flood reduction schemes in the pipeline for Somerset

Major schemes to reduce flood risk in Somerset have been given the green light by Somerset County Council.

Five schemes totalling £155,000 will be undertaken in the Taunton Deane area to improve drainage, making it easier for the network to cope with severe weather and reducing the risk of flooding.

The Taunton Deane schemes are:

  • A38 at Rumwell: Survey of the existing drainage system to inform works that will be undertaken for the Somerset Rivers Authority.
  • A38 at Chelston: Survey of the existing drainage system to inform works that will be undertaken for the Somerset Rivers Authority.
  • North Curry: Repairs to Victorian culvert and survey of drainage system to identify issues and decide further works.
  • Edgeborough Lane: Working with landowner to improve drainage off the highway.
  • North Curry: Continued work to reduce road flooding caused by run-off from surrounding fields by increasing the capacity of an outfall.

The County Council also recently used £250,000 from the remaining DfT grant to fund the removal of a large ‘lump of concrete’ under the Dunball Old Bridge to improve water flows in the King Sedgemoor Drain.

Six schemes totalling £100,000 will be undertaken in the district of Sedgemoor .

The Sedgemoor schemes are:

  • Marsh Lane at Cannington: Improvements to an outfall drain and repairs to a carrier drain.
  • The old Cannington Bypass: Creating a larger headwall to allow more water to discharge from the new Cannington bypass.
  • A38 Bristol Road, Bridgwater: Replace kerb gullies to allow better surface water collection.
  • A39 Bath Road, Bridgwater: Replace kerb gullies to allow better surface water collection.
  • A38 Bristol Road: Replace broken gullies.

Four schemes totalling £262,000 will be undertaken in the district of South Somerset.

The South Somerset schemes are:

  • Bruton Road, East Coker: New drain and gullies to prevent flooding of road and properties.
  • A372, Aller Road: New drain and gullies, upgrading of outfalls to improve drainage.
  • A358, Chard: New drain, gullies and silt traps.
  • Hockley Lane, Compton Pauncefoot: New drains and gullies and improvements to an outfall.

Mendip scheme:

The works on the A37 north of Beacon Cross will cost £130,000 and the scheme is being funded from a £10m the Department for Transport grant to the County Council following the severe flooding in the winter of 2013/14. So far £9m has been spent on various flood reduction schemes set out in the Levels and Moors 20 Year Flood Action Plan, including the raising of the road at Muchelney and installing culverts at Beer Wall on the A372.

The remaining money has now been allocated to other projects that reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding, including the Beacon Cross scheme. It will address long-standing issues of road flooding caused by regular blocking of gullies by tree debris.

Details have yet to be confirmed, but a possible solution would involve installing a concrete channel on one side of the road to collect run-off from fields, as well as resurfacing the road to ensure a consistent level.

Three schemes totalling £158,000 will be undertaken in the district of West Somerset to improve drainage, making it easier for the network to cope with severe weather and reducing the risk of flooding.

Three schemes totalling £158,000 will be undertaken in the district of West Somerset.

The West Somerset schemes are:

  • B3224 Tabbitts Steep, Luckwell Bridge: Improve drainage along the B3224.
  • Exford: Repairs and improvements to old drainage system to solve blockage problems and resulting flooding and winter ice issues.
  • A39 Dragon Cross at Old Cleeve: Improved drainage to prevent closure of a key route onto Exmoor.