Tag Archives: Flood Action Plan

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 […]

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 […]

Recognition for Muchelney road raising

Somerset County Council’s ambitious road raising scheme in Muchelney has received national recognition. The scheme, which saw a road to the village raised up to 1.2 metres in places, has been shortlisted for The MJ (Municipal Journal) Achievement Awards 2015 and lauded as an “innovative engineering solution”. Most of Muchelney escaped the severe flooding that […]

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 […]

First Board Meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority

The first meeting of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) will take place this Friday following the creation of the authority at the end of January. The SRA will help shape and improve flood management in the county, identifying what work is needed and funding and delivering a higher standard of flood protection. It will also […]

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 […]