Tag Archives: flooding

Somerset hosts first emergency spontaneous volunteers exercise in the UK

Somerset will next month become the first area in the country to host a large scale practice exercise to coordinate spontaneous volunteers who may wish to help during an emergency. Somerset County Council and its partners are coordinating the exercise on Tuesday 4 October which will involve over 100 people (acting as spontaneous volunteers) responding […]

High speed broadband helps flood-hit Muchelney firms rebuild their businesses

Across Langport, Somerton and Castle Cary, more than 6,440 households and businesses can access superfast fibre broadband thanks to the CDS rollout scheme; news welcomed by MP David Warburton. The multi-million pound Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) partnership is helping the revitalisation of a Somerset village, which was hit by its worst flooding for 90 […]

Weather-related callouts and road closures

Somerset County Council’s highways team had their busiest weekend since the 2014 floods as storms caused problems on many roads across the county. On Saturday there were more than 100 weather related callouts with 40 reports of flooding in the south Somerset area alone. There were hundreds of further callouts yesterday and last night with […]

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 […]

Essential work to reduce risk of flooding

The second phase of essential work to reduce the risk of flooding near North Curry is due to begin next month. The Somerset County Council-funded scheme was planned in two phases, with work to increase the size and number of gullies along Stoke Road completed several months ago. The second phase will see the replacement […]

More national acclaim for Muchelney road-raising scheme

The innovative road-raising scheme at Muchelney has been highly commended at the prestigious National Transport Awards – narrowly missing out on the top prize to Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2. The Somerset County Council-led scheme was short-listed in the Construction and Engineering Project of the Year category, and comes just months after winning the Effective Transport […]

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 […]

New completion date expected for Beer Wall works

Somerset County Council’s flood prevention works at Beer Wall should be complete before the end of July, Somerset County Council has said today (Tuesday). The works, which are the second phase of a key scheme to protect the A372 and increase the capacity of the River Sowy, started in April and were due to be […]

Beer Wall flood defences taking shape

Major works to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels are continuing to progress with four huge concrete culverts now in place. The culverts, which are part of the second phase of works at Beer Wall, each measure an impressive 2 metres tall by 3 metres wide and will allow any future flood water to […]