Tag Archives: floods

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 […]

Highways teams respond to 500 calls in 48 hours

Highways teams responded to more than 500 calls this week as Somerset was battered by severe wet and windy weather. More than 100mm of rain fell across Somerset between Saturday and Monday night – that’s more than the monthly average of 90mm for November in just 48 hours. Somerset County Council received around 420 calls […]

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 […]

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 […]

And the winner is… Spirit of the Levels

Somerset’s new community flood support boat will be called Spirit of the Levels, following a public vote. Somerset County Council asked members of the public to send in their suggested names for the new boat and were inundated by more than 100 entries. More than 300 people then voted for their favourite from a shortlist […]

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 […]

Somerset’s flood boat – vote now for your favourite name

The deadline for nominations has passed and the polls are now open to find a fitting name for Somerset’s new community flood support boat. Somerset County Council asked members of the public to send in their suggested names and were inundated by more than 100 entries. These have been whittled down to a shortlist by […]

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 […]