Category Flood Action Plan

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: […]

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 […]

Muchelney scheme on the road to further recognition

The award-winning road raising scheme at Muchelney has been nominated for a second industry accolade. The Somerset County Council-led scheme has been short-listed for the National Transport Awards. This follows its winning of the Effective Transport and Infrastructure Delivery Award at The MJ (Municipal Journal) Achievement Awards in June. The scheme saw 500m of road […]

Toast to the completion of the Beer Wall flood works

Somerset County Council and partners today toasted the formal finishing of the second stage of major flood protection works at Beer Wall. The four culverts, measuring 2 metres tall by 3 metres wide, installed under the A372 will allow water to pass under the road at times of severe flooding, as well as paving the […]

Outcomes of the first Somerset Rivers Authority Board Meeting

Somerset County Council Leader John Osman was elected chairman of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) Board at its first meeting today. Cllr Osman, who has been Chair of the Flood Action Plan Leaders Implementation Group, was elected by fellow board members and Tony Bradford, Vice Chair of the Parrett Internal Drainage Board and chair of […]

Muchelney villagers raise the roof for raised road

Around a hundred Muchelney residents came out to celebrate the opening of its landmark raised road at the weekend. Cllr John Osman, Leader of Somerset County Council, performed the formal opening ceremony with the help of local youngsters and some of the village’s oldest residents, including 93-year-old Bill Daniels. They were joined by representatives from […]

Much to celebrate as Muchelney’s raised road set to reopen

The village of Muchelney will gather tomorrow to help Somerset County Council reopen the raised road that should stop it being cut-off by any future flooding. A 500 metre stretch of road has been raised, by more than a metre in places, to keep it open, even in the event of flooding on the same […]

Double celebration as new Somerset Rivers Authority gets £750,000 funding boost

The new Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was officially launched over the weekend – with doubly good news as the work of the Flood Action Plan, for which it is now responsible, has received a three quarters of a million pound funding boost. The SRA’s set up, start date and interim funding for the coming financial […]

£100,000 boost for Flood Action Plan work

The 20 Year Flood Action Plan was celebrating a £100,000 boost for crucial work to encourage natural flood management on the Somerset Levels and Moors, following recent awards to two of its partner organisations from the Prince’s Countryside Fund. The Royal Bath & West Society (RB & W) was awarded £50,000 which will go hand […]

Next step for Parrett Barrier

Over the summer, an interim technical report has been drafted about the options for a Parrett Barrier and it has been published today (December 10th).  The report brings together – and updates – the wealth of information that has been gathered over the past eight years from various organisations such as the Environment Agency, Sedgemoor […]