Category Flood Action Plan

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 […]

Defra and local partners set up Somerset Rivers Authority

Local people in Somerset will be better able to manage flood risk after the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced £1.9 million funding for the Somerset Rivers Authority today that will enable it to start work next year. The Authority will receive £2.7 million in total from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), […]

Beer Wall making a big impression

The first phase of a major flood protection scheme on the Somerset Levels is entering its final stages. The Beer Wall works, which are being carried out by Somerset County Council as part of the multi-agency Flood Action Plan, will see four large culverts installed under the A372 next to the Sowy. Despite the ambitious […]

District meetings to give flooding reassurance

Districts around Somerset are to host meetings over the coming weeks to reassure communities and provide information on flooding as the winter approaches. The meetings were agreed as a joint action by the District Councils and other partners of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan – with the first being held this Monday (November 24) […]

County Councillors give backing to Somerset Rivers Authority

The vision for a new authority overseeing the progress of Somerset’s Flood Action Plan has today been backed by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet (Wednesday 12 November). Senior County Councillors have endorsed proposals for a new Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA). The SRA’s reason-to-be would be to reduce the likelihood, duration and impact of flooding in the […]

Somerset Rivers Authority moves step closer

Senior Somerset County Councillors will this month be asked to recommend proposals for a Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) as a vital part of plans to reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding in the County. The move comes as all the organisations involved in the 20 Year Flood Action Plan continue to press the Government […]

Students get a lesson in flood protection

Geographers from Huish Episcopi Academy have been given a behind the scenes tour of one of the major flood protection schemes on the Somerset Levels. Around 30 Sixth Form students visited the Somerset County Council-led works that recently started on the A372 at Beer Wall. The Council’s contractor, Skanska, gave the visitors a detailed insight […]

Work begins on major flood protection schemes

Work has started on two key flood protection schemes on the Somerset Levels and Moors. The schemes on the A372 at Beer Wall and in Muchelney are being carried out as part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan and should reduce the likelihood of flooding and minimise the impacts of any flooding that does […]

Closing the gate on flooding

New gates to close flooded roads are to be introduced on the Levels and Moors to keep motorists safe. Road Closure Gates will be installed at eight locations in an effort to stop vehicles driving through flood water and potentially getting stranded. They will be used in place of temporary ‘road closed’ signs to make […]

Key flood schemes poised to start: road closures announced

Work on two major Somerset County Council schemes to protect communities on the Levels and Moors from flooding are due to the start at the end of the month. The road-raising at Muchelney and the introduction of four new culverts on the A372 at Beer Wall are scheduled to start on 29 September. The works […]