Category Flooding

A landmark day for Somerset flood protection

The start of a new era in flood protection and management has been welcomed by Somerset County Council following the signing of a landmark agreement today. The deal signed in London seals a £2.7m interim funding package for the creation of a Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) by the end of January next year. The SRA […]

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 […]

Community drop-ins for key flood schemes

Local residents are being invited to drop-in events next week to find out more about two key flood protection schemes and their associated road closures. The events will be a chance for people to get more information and ask questions about the road-raising scheme in Muchelney and the project to install new culverts at Beer […]