Category Flooding

Vital flood prevention work ahead of schedule

Work by Somerset County Council Highways to reduce hazardous flooding on a key route between West Somerset and Taunton is moving onto the next phase earlier than expected.   With the scheme running ahead of schedule there’s an important change to closure arrangements put in place this week on the A39 at Carhampton Cross to […]

New roads are first milestone in flood recovery

Two of the eight roads destroyed by June’s flash floods in the Chard area have now been fully restored by Somerset County Council Highways teams. Extreme rainfall on June 28 saw unprecedented levels of water cascading through streets in Chard, flooding homes and businesses, while outlying villages were hit by rising watercourse levels which saw […]

Roads damaged by flash flooding in Chard

Somerset County Council is thanking everyone who pulled together after torrential rain hit the Chard area on Monday night.   Flash flooding caused by extreme weather saw the emergency services and council teams – backed by community volunteers – on the scene throughout the night. Fire crews rescued two people from a car in floodwater […]

Pioneering website helps Somerset plan for climate change

A new web-based app is giving people the opportunity to explore the impacts of climate change on the Somerset Levels. The app has been created as part of the Adapting the Levels project to help local people turn individual ideas into plans for collective action, focusing particularly on the challenges of flooding and drought. Adapting […]

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 […]