Additional drainage work in Ilminster

Additional work to clear drains in Ilminster is due to take place next week.

The work follows a recent drop-in session run by Somerset County Council as part of on-going investigations into flooding.

The cause of the flooding has yet to be determined and a full report will be published before Christmas. In the meantime it has been agreed to carry out reactive gully cleansing at locations highlighted at the meeting, including North Street, Market Square, East Street, Silver Street, Ditton Street and Shudrick Lane.

This work is in addition to the county-wide gully emptying programme.

Residents are requested to help by taking note of cones and ensuring their cars are not parked in the road when work is planned.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We don’t yet know what caused this flooding. The situation is complex but we are taking the issue seriously and are working alongside our partners to investigate.

“However, in the meantime I’m pleased we’ve been able to arrange for additional gully cleansing to take place as a priority next week.

“I’d like to again thank everyone who took the time to come and talk to us about the flooding issues in Ilminster.”

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