Tag Archives: floods

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 […]

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 […]

Volunteers have been the Level best

The remarkable efforts of volunteers on the flood-hit Somerset Levels and Moors are being recognised this week. Somerset County Council’s Leader, Chairman and Chief Executive have sent a letter thanking all those who have been volunteering as part of the Somerset Emergency Volunteers (SEV) group. Earlier this week Chairman David Fothergill hosted an award presentation […]

Bridging the gap at Beer Wall

A Somerset County Council-led flood protection scheme on the Somerset Levels reached a major milestone today with the installation of a 60-tonne bridge. Over the course of around three hours this morning, the 16m temporary bridge was lowered into place on the A372, spanning a gap that has been cut into the road at Beer […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Secretary of State on the road in Muchelney

The Secretary of State for Transport visited Somerset today for a first-hand lookat the road-raising scheme in Muchelney. Patrick McLoughlin visited the Levels and Moors with Somerset County Council Leader John Osman to find out how some of the Department for Transport’s money is being spent to reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding. At […]

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 […]

Full steam ahead for village flood prevention work

Work has begun this week (August 20) on a flood protection scheme for the village of Thorney on the Somerset Levels, one of the communities badly hit by winter floods. It is part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan (FAP) for Somerset, where county and district councils, the Environment Agency, the Somerset Drainage Boards […]