Category Flooding

£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 […]

Ministry Of Defence and Somerset County Council join forces to give Ilchester a sporting chance

Ilchester is benefiting from a new community sports area thanks to funding from Somerset County Council and the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

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 […]

Return of £200k fund to tackle flooding

A successful scheme which offers Somerset communities a share of £200,000 to tackle flooding is back for a third year. Somerset County Council’s Flood Mitigation Fund has supported 60 projects over the past two years, reducing the flood risk to roads, properties, a school and a village hall. This year the scheme will again focus […]

Major flood prevention works start next week

Phase 2 of a major scheme to prevent flooding on the Somerset Levels is due to start on Tuesday (7 April). The works are being led by Somerset County Council and will see four new culverts installed under the A372 at Beer Wall, to the east of Langacre Rhyne, which runs alongside the River Sowy. […]

County Council salutes Somerset’s remarkable flood response

A year after the major incident officially came to an end Somerset County Council is this week celebrating the incredible response to last year’s flooding on the Levels and Moors. The widespread flooding was classified a ‘major incident’ between 24 January and the end of March last year. It is thought nearly 150 homes were […]

New community flood support boat arrives in Somerset

A new community boat has arrived in Somerset to be kept on standby in case of any future flooding emergencies. At all other times, the boat will be run and maintained by a community group at the Maunsel Lock Canal Centre near North Newton. The boat is flat-bottomed and fully accessible for wheelchairs, so its […]