Category Flooding

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 […]

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 […]

Christmas cheer as Beer Wall reopens

Local school children helped mark the end of the first phase of a key flood protection scheme for the Somerset Levels and Moors today. The youngsters from Othery and Middlezoy primary schools joined Councillor John Osman to officially reopen the A372 following the completion of stage one of works at Beer Wall. Today’s milestone follows […]

Volunteers have been the Level best

The remarkable efforts of volunteers on the flood-hit Somerset Levels and Moors are being recognised this week. Somerset County Council’s Leader, Chairman and Chief Executive have sent a letter thanking all those who have been volunteering as part of the Somerset Emergency Volunteers (SEV) group. Earlier this week Chairman David Fothergill hosted an award presentation […]

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 […]

Bridging the gap at Beer Wall

A Somerset County Council-led flood protection scheme on the Somerset Levels reached a major milestone today with the installation of a 60-tonne bridge. Over the course of around three hours this morning, the 16m temporary bridge was lowered into place on the A372, spanning a gap that has been cut into the road at Beer […]