Tag Archives: flooding

From the Levels to Latin America

  The overwhelming volunteer response to severe flooding in Somerset in 2013-14 is sending ripples across the world – reaching as far as South America. Huge numbers of people stepped forward to help communities on the Levels and Moors after water levels rose, flooding homes, businesses and roads. In the wake of the emergency, Somerset […]

Road closure gates ready for use in case of flooding this winter

Emergency road closure gates on the Somerset Levels are ready to protect drivers from flood water if required this winter. Following the severe Somerset floods of 2014, permanent gates were installed at four locations at risk of flooding to help stop vehicles potentially getting stranded. The gates can be found at Cutts Road (East Lyng […]

Work underway to find permanent fix for damaged road

Somerset County Council has taken swift action to keep drivers safe after severe weather caused damage to a key road in West Somerset. Temporary traffic lights are in place while extensive investigative works take place into structural damage to the foundations of the A358 at Sampford Brett near Williton. These have been caused by prolonged […]

Major drainage upgrade in North Curry

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage and reduce the flood risk in North Curry is being planned to take place after Christmas. The main road through the village has historically suffered from flooding during times of heavy rain. Extensive surveying works have identified sections of damaged culvert near Stoke Road and an undersized system […]

Additional drainage work in Ilminster

Additional work to clear drains in Ilminster is due to take place next week. The work follows a recent drop-in session run by Somerset County Council as part of on-going investigations into flooding. The cause of the flooding has yet to be determined and a full report will be published before Christmas. In the meantime […]

Major drainage upgrade on A37 at Oakhill

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage and replace more than 1km of old pipe is due to take place on the A37 at Oakhill next month. The section of road between the Bath Road junction and Golf Links Lane junction has been subject to a number of minor repairs in recent times and the […]

Vital schemes to protect road bridge and improve water flow now complete

Two major schemes in Bridgwater to improve the flow of water in King’s Sedgemoor Drain and protect an important road bridge have been completed – just before the first severe storm of the winter. Somerset County Council teamed up with the Somerset Rivers Authority to remove the foundations of the old arched bridge at Dunball […]

Cheddar Gorge reopens after major repairs

    Cheddar Gorge has now reopened to traffic – just days after the road was badly damaged by severe weather and flooding. The B3135 through the Gorge was first closed on Sunday afternoon when water, mud and rock began to pour off neighbouring land, turning the road into a river and making it unsafe […]

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High number of calls to our contact centre

Our contact centre is currently receiving a high number of calls due to the bad weather. You can find the latest information about disruption on the road by visiting our Travel Somerset website http://www.travelsomerset.co.uk You can also report a problem on the road online here http://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/problems-on-the-road/ Please bear with us if you are calling about […]

Spontaneous volunteers exercise hailed a success

Somerset’s ground-breaking emergency spontaneous volunteers exercise has been hailed a success by all involved. Somerset County Council and its partners coordinated the exercise that took place earlier this month, which involved over 100 people (acting as spontaneous volunteers) responding to a ‘fictional’ flooding incident. The first of its kind in the country, the exercise saw […]