Category Flooding

Major incident declared over flood risk in Somerset 

The Environment Agency and the local authorities in Somerset have declared a major incident because of flood risk in the county. 

A361 near East Lyng closed due to flood risk

Somerset County Council has taken action to close the A361 across the Somerset Levels this morning, Friday 13 January, following warnings from the Environment Agency (EA) and rising water levels

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Council closes A361 near East Lyng following EA advice as water levels rise with weather warning in place 

Issued on behalf of Somerset County Council and the Environment Agency Somerset County Council has closed the A361 across the Somerset Levels following warnings from the Environment Agency (EA) that floodwaters are likely to spill onto the road.  Road users are being urged to plan ahead and use an alternative route from 6pm this evening […]

Volunteer heroes celebrated with Somerset Community Resilience Award

The founder of a support group and a village community group have been named as the first two winners of the inaugural Somerset Community Resilience Award. Sarah Kanah-ah, who set up Somerset Anxiety Support, and volunteers for St John’s Ambulance and the Red Cross, won the individual award. Stoke St Gregory’s Heart of the Village […]

A371 set for urgent drainage and resurfacing works

A key Somerset road is the focus for important repairs this summer to protect the surface from flooding and ice during the winter months. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is replacing drainage channels and gullies which are badly deteriorated on a stretch of the A371 near Wincanton in readiness for adverse weather. The work is […]

Chard drop-in is a chance to discuss flooding and future resilience

Local people and business owners in Chard are invited to a drop-in event to share their experiences and concerns about flooding. The drop-in event on Monday, 24 January 2022, hosted by Somerset County Council and Chard Town Council, will give people the chance to talk to representatives from key organisations about the flooding in June […]

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 […]