Category Flooding

From the Levels to Latin America

  The overwhelming volunteer response to severe flooding in Somerset in 2013-14 is sending ripples across the world – reaching as far as South America. Huge numbers of people stepped forward to help communities on the Levels and Moors after water levels rose, flooding homes, businesses and roads. In the wake of the emergency, Somerset […]

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: […]

Enterprise Centre on the way for Wivey

Small rural businesses are in line for a helping hand from Somerset County Council as it looks to add to its network of Enterprise Centres. The Council has invested £950,000 of its capital funds to secure land in Wiveliscombe to build a new Enterprise Centre to provide much-needed office and light industrial space. This has […]

Armed Forces events in the County

Somerset will be flying the flag for our Armed Forces in the coming weeks at several important events. The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, of which Somerset County Council is a key supporter, has events planned to coincide with National Armed Forces Day (25 June). In Taunton, a regional conference event is being held on […]

Somerset’s Stars shine brightly during National Volunteers’ Week

From selfless volunteers supporting women who have suffered rape or abuse to a man who co-ordinates the paraplegic games at the Bath & West Show – ‘Star’ volunteers from across Somerset were recognised for their commitment at awards ceremonies last week. As part of National Volunteers Week (1-12 June) celebrations, voluntary organisations and members of […]

Police enquiry desk to open in library

Somerset County Council, which manages the Library Service, is pleased to announce the opening of a new police enquiry desk within Frome Library. Due to open on 4 April, 2016, the new facility will deliver many of the services of the former Frome police station front desk, which closed in January 2015 due to low […]

Weather-related callouts and road closures

Somerset County Council’s highways team had their busiest weekend since the 2014 floods as storms caused problems on many roads across the county. On Saturday there were more than 100 weather related callouts with 40 reports of flooding in the south Somerset area alone. There were hundreds of further callouts yesterday and last night with […]

£3m of rural grants available to create jobs and business growth

Over £3m of rural grants has been made available for businesses, farmers, foresters and community groups in the Somerset Levels and Moors area and West Somerset for projects that will create jobs and benefit the local rural economy. The Somerset Levels and Moors Local Action Group and The Western Somerset Local Action Group (LAG), of […]

New barriers used for the first time

Gates to protect motorists from flooded roads on the Somerset Levels were used for the first time at the weekend. Emergency road closure gates were recently installed at eight locations on the levels. They are for use in place of temporary ‘road closed’ signs to stop vehicles driving through flood water and potentially getting stranded […]

New barriers to shut the gate on flooding

New gates have been installed at eight locations across the Somerset Levels and Moors to close roads and keep motorists safe in the event of serious flooding. The emergency road closure gates will be used in place of temporary ‘road closed’ signs in an effort to stop vehicles driving through flood water and potentially getting […]