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  • Roads including the A372 and A361 are affected
  • Somerset County Council says it has taken special measures to help pupils in worst-hit areas get to and from school
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8:16am

FOR updates from Tuesday (January 7), click here.

10:07pm

A SPECIALIST rescue team from Bridgwater, along with firefighters from Martock and Yeovil, rescued an elderly couple who were stranded in a car after driving into deep flood water at Muchelney Ham, Langport.

The incident happened at around 2pm today.

 

5:07pm

4:59pm

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Somerset County Gazette:

4:21pm

3:46pm

3:42pm

THE Environment Agency says the risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the South-West urged to be particularly vigilant.

Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0845 9881188.

3:04pm

THE following flood warnings remain in place today: 

  • Salt Moor and North Moor including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate
  • River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport
  • River Parrett (lower) at Langport Westover Trading Estate
  • River Parrett (upper) from South Perrott to Thorney
  • West Moor, Hay Moor and Curry Moor including New Road between North Curry and the A361, and Cutts Road at East Lyng
  • A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge including the Somerset Levels Basket and Craft Centre area

3:01pm

A FIRE crew was sent to Nationwide Building Society, in Fore Street, Chard, after floodwater got into the back of the building and affected the electrics. 

A fire service spokesman said: "On arrival, crews found a large amount of water at the rear of the premises.

"Crews isolated the water supply and the electrics and made the scene safe from fire."

The call to the fire service came at around 9am today. 

2:57pm

SOMERSET County Council says contingency arrangements are being put in place for school pupils in Burrowbridge, Althelney and Muchelney. 

For updates click here.

2:56pm

Somerset County Gazette:

A BARB crewman with Elvis the Yorkshire terrier.

2:55pm

Somerset County Gazette:

A WOMAN who was stranded in her North Curry home for 13 days was evacuated by boat. 

A specialist rescue crew from the Burnham Area Rescue Boat was in the village yesterday, carrying out flood relief training when it checked on the welfare of several residents.

Anne-Marie Simpson asked to be evacuated with her dog, Elvis, a Yorkshire terrier, due to the rising flood waters around her property.

The boat crew fitted Mrs Simpson with a lifejacket and a survival suit before helping her onto the boat.

She was then safely taken half a mile across the flooded fields to dry land. She will be staying with friends.

She said: "I am very grateful to the crew for rescuing us. I had been in the house for 13 days and was keen to get away. The scale of the flooding has taken us by surprise."

BARB operations manager Mike Lowe said: "We were very happy to help this lady and her dog, who had been stuck since before Christmas.

"It was so gratifying to see the look of relief on Anne-Marie's face when we got her back onto dry land."

2:50pm

THE following roads are closed due to flooding: 

  • The A372 between Load Pool in Othery and Combe Lane in Allery, due to flooding at Severn Bends
  • The A361 between Riverside at Burrowbridge and Cuts Road at East Lyng
  • The A37 Ilchester Road iin Yeovil is blocked due to flooding between Coombe Street Lane and Thorne Lane 

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6:19pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

We are facing another downpour tonight, this on top of already sodden land, or as now the case in Smerset lakes, rivers of flood water.
Not forgetting when when falls onto the surrounding hills it can take as long as 3 days for it to find its way down to lower ground..
The environment Agency, need to readdress their stratagem as to what land , villages ,homes can be sacrificed to enable others to be flood free.
As what was reported on the BBC Breakfast News this morning, Mucheleney,
Nr Langport has now been cut off completely for the second year running, for in excess of 4 days, the whole Village, this is not acceptable for them or us living in Bridgwater.
By allowing middle moor to flood, along with the already flood plains we know around Langport. Aller seven Sisters etc. A361 Burrow Bridge to East Lyng.
Just so as Taunton, is saved from any flood water, after Vivary Gardens were flooded in the past.
They really must get their act together, whole communities left like this is atrocious , and not acceptable. We have not had to deal with Breaches of the Sea Defences, thank goodness, so why has the remedy not been found, in two years, by the So - Called Environment Agency Experts!!!!!! Enough, is Enough !!!
David L Preece
Former District Councillor SDC./ BTC
We are facing another downpour tonight, this on top of already sodden land, or as now the case in Smerset lakes, rivers of flood water. Not forgetting when when falls onto the surrounding hills it can take as long as 3 days for it to find its way down to lower ground.. The environment Agency, need to readdress their stratagem as to what land , villages ,homes can be sacrificed to enable others to be flood free. As what was reported on the BBC Breakfast News this morning, Mucheleney, Nr Langport has now been cut off completely for the second year running, for in excess of 4 days, the whole Village, this is not acceptable for them or us living in Bridgwater. By allowing middle moor to flood, along with the already flood plains we know around Langport. Aller seven Sisters etc. A361 Burrow Bridge to East Lyng. Just so as Taunton, is saved from any flood water, after Vivary Gardens were flooded in the past. They really must get their act together, whole communities left like this is atrocious , and not acceptable. We have not had to deal with Breaches of the Sea Defences, thank goodness, so why has the remedy not been found, in two years, by the So - Called Environment Agency Experts!!!!!! Enough, is Enough !!! David L Preece Former District Councillor SDC./ BTC Blue Owl
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

You live in an area that needs constant pumping using diesel or electric pumps to prevent flooding even when rain isn't torrential.

And you complain about being flooded?

They are the Somerset Levels. The clues, two of them, are in the name.

A bit like living on top of a mountain and complaining when it snows.
You live in an area that needs constant pumping using diesel or electric pumps to prevent flooding even when rain isn't torrential. And you complain about being flooded? They are the Somerset Levels. The clues, two of them, are in the name. A bit like living on top of a mountain and complaining when it snows. Guy Smiley
  • Score: 1

10:47pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Guy Smiley, you must be as thick as the comment you make, Somerset Levels does not mean it has to be under Water, there always was areas of land set aside for excess water to be stores, whilst the River capacities were unable to cope.....
The point I made was that now, SCC and the E Agency are now more than happy to allow people to be flooded out of their homes and business.
The Moors, that stored the excess water in the past years is along a flood plain, not where there is housing, so if the water levels there were one Metre for 4 months, there is no problem, the land will eventually allow the natural soak away, aided by the pumps @ BurrowBridge pumping station...
Your analogies 'Do Not Hold Water' Living on a mountain and complaining of snow........
It is the now real situation, that the Environment Agency have allowed these new flood area's to take more excess water from direction of the Tone and Taunton.....
So your sarcastic comments are unwanted, as they add nothing to the debate, next you will be saying its Iain Liddel - Graingers fault, or down to David Cameron...
Guy Smiley, you must be as thick as the comment you make, Somerset Levels does not mean it has to be under Water, there always was areas of land set aside for excess water to be stores, whilst the River capacities were unable to cope..... The point I made was that now, SCC and the E Agency are now more than happy to allow people to be flooded out of their homes and business. The Moors, that stored the excess water in the past years is along a flood plain, not where there is housing, so if the water levels there were one Metre for 4 months, there is no problem, the land will eventually allow the natural soak away, aided by the pumps @ BurrowBridge pumping station... Your analogies 'Do Not Hold Water' Living on a mountain and complaining of snow........ It is the now real situation, that the Environment Agency have allowed these new flood area's to take more excess water from direction of the Tone and Taunton..... So your sarcastic comments are unwanted, as they add nothing to the debate, next you will be saying its Iain Liddel - Graingers fault, or down to David Cameron... Blue Owl
  • Score: 0

8:25am Tue 7 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Think Guy has a point, the levels were once sea and due to their low level, rising sea levels and higher rainfall you have to look at when you give them up. Councils who keep allowing building on flood plains also need to wake up Norton Fitzwarren is a prime example where they have built on flood plain and built a dam to alleviate the flood risk half a mile away on higher ground, why they didn't build where the dam was put is anyone's guess.
Think Guy has a point, the levels were once sea and due to their low level, rising sea levels and higher rainfall you have to look at when you give them up. Councils who keep allowing building on flood plains also need to wake up Norton Fitzwarren is a prime example where they have built on flood plain and built a dam to alleviate the flood risk half a mile away on higher ground, why they didn't build where the dam was put is anyone's guess. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 2

9:53am Tue 7 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Think Guy has a point, the levels were once sea and due to their low level, rising sea levels and higher rainfall you have to look at when you give them up. Councils who keep allowing building on flood plains also need to wake up Norton Fitzwarren is a prime example where they have built on flood plain and built a dam to alleviate the flood risk half a mile away on higher ground, why they didn't build where the dam was put is anyone's guess.
Whilst, I take your point, are you suggesting that the whole of the Moors, Isles from BurrowBridge, Glastonbury, Athelney, where by the way my late Grandmothers who died in 2008 @106 her, youngest Sister, at almost 100yrs resides on the Farm, where King Alfred / Aethelred burnt the cakes, while awaiting the Battles of Wessex. With my Cousin, who still farms the land.
The land has been reclaimed for many years, or must all houses be built on stilts, in potential Flood area's wth a car port in the Ground Floor, and each household to have a sm boat........
This could be a possibility, as now some caravan static Parks have a floatations Scissor / float mechanism which obviously raises the Van, in the event of water levels rising....
This can also be used on the Cedar / Wood Cabins properties.
Still, the main emphasis must be draining the Moors, better, removing the silt, and sludge from the R Parrett, Ensuring that any new large Developement of say 30+ Homes must have NEW Drains both Foul water and Sewere to the properties, and not connected to the existing out of date over capacity system.
Furthermore, all new properties should have Rainwater collection / Recyclcling Facility for non Drinking uses, ie washing, bathing, domestic needs, Toilet flashings etc......
These all cost money, but It is better than the misery of being flooded out, not once but time and time again. Year on Year, no hope of insurance or selling your properties.....Catch 22,,,
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Think Guy has a point, the levels were once sea and due to their low level, rising sea levels and higher rainfall you have to look at when you give them up. Councils who keep allowing building on flood plains also need to wake up Norton Fitzwarren is a prime example where they have built on flood plain and built a dam to alleviate the flood risk half a mile away on higher ground, why they didn't build where the dam was put is anyone's guess.[/p][/quote]Whilst, I take your point, are you suggesting that the whole of the Moors, Isles from BurrowBridge, Glastonbury, Athelney, where by the way my late Grandmothers who died in 2008 @106 her, youngest Sister, at almost 100yrs resides on the Farm, where King Alfred / Aethelred burnt the cakes, while awaiting the Battles of Wessex. With my Cousin, who still farms the land. The land has been reclaimed for many years, or must all houses be built on stilts, in potential Flood area's wth a car port in the Ground Floor, and each household to have a sm boat........ This could be a possibility, as now some caravan static Parks have a floatations Scissor / float mechanism which obviously raises the Van, in the event of water levels rising.... This can also be used on the Cedar / Wood Cabins properties. Still, the main emphasis must be draining the Moors, better, removing the silt, and sludge from the R Parrett, Ensuring that any new large Developement of say 30+ Homes must have NEW Drains both Foul water and Sewere to the properties, and not connected to the existing out of date over capacity system. Furthermore, all new properties should have Rainwater collection / Recyclcling Facility for non Drinking uses, ie washing, bathing, domestic needs, Toilet flashings etc...... These all cost money, but It is better than the misery of being flooded out, not once but time and time again. Year on Year, no hope of insurance or selling your properties.....Catch 22,,, Blue Owl
  • Score: 0

9:57am Tue 7 Jan 14

twinkles says...

Blue owl - your comment is rude.

The Somerset Levels are an Ancient Flood Plain. I put it to you good sir that you are an Ancient Blood(y) Pain, and would like to tak ethe opportunity to remind you that those who are working for the Environment Agency *probably* know more than you about it.

Now, my comment is also rude - and for that I'm sorry.
Blue owl - your comment is rude. The Somerset Levels are an Ancient Flood Plain. I put it to you good sir that you are an Ancient Blood(y) Pain, and would like to tak ethe opportunity to remind you that those who are working for the Environment Agency *probably* know more than you about it. Now, my comment is also rude - and for that I'm sorry. twinkles
  • Score: -2

12:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

awayswing says...

If the EA have a policy of allowing the same roads and houses to flood every winter they should do the honest thing and say so.Leaving it up to the local district council and local goodwill is clearly inadequate.In the near future the EA face a substantial cut in both budget and employees.If the government are not prepared to face the expenditure for keeping people and property safe they should say so.
If the EA have a policy of allowing the same roads and houses to flood every winter they should do the honest thing and say so.Leaving it up to the local district council and local goodwill is clearly inadequate.In the near future the EA face a substantial cut in both budget and employees.If the government are not prepared to face the expenditure for keeping people and property safe they should say so. awayswing
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

twinkles wrote:
Blue owl - your comment is rude.

The Somerset Levels are an Ancient Flood Plain. I put it to you good sir that you are an Ancient Blood(y) Pain, and would like to tak ethe opportunity to remind you that those who are working for the Environment Agency *probably* know more than you about it.

Now, my comment is also rude - and for that I'm sorry.
Twinkles, just what part of my post is in your opinion Rude, because you will never agree with anything I post, do I take you seriously, No, because over the previous posts comments you add. basically add nothing, all you wish to do is admonish me for my beliefs, which I am proud to stand up for under my Name!!!! Not some Psuedonom from which behind you hide!!!!!!
Like the rest of the Critics, I have, bring it on.....
As I can and do justify points I make and believe in.....
David L Preece
Blue- Owl.
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: Blue owl - your comment is rude. The Somerset Levels are an Ancient Flood Plain. I put it to you good sir that you are an Ancient Blood(y) Pain, and would like to tak ethe opportunity to remind you that those who are working for the Environment Agency *probably* know more than you about it. Now, my comment is also rude - and for that I'm sorry.[/p][/quote]Twinkles, just what part of my post is in your opinion Rude, because you will never agree with anything I post, do I take you seriously, No, because over the previous posts comments you add. basically add nothing, all you wish to do is admonish me for my beliefs, which I am proud to stand up for under my Name!!!! Not some Psuedonom from which behind you hide!!!!!! Like the rest of the Critics, I have, bring it on..... As I can and do justify points I make and believe in..... David L Preece Blue- Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: 0

2:50pm Tue 7 Jan 14

twinkles says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Guy Smiley, you must be as thick as the comment you make, Somerset Levels does not mean it has to be under Water, there always was areas of land set aside for excess water to be stores, whilst the River capacities were unable to cope.....
The point I made was that now, SCC and the E Agency are now more than happy to allow people to be flooded out of their homes and business.
The Moors, that stored the excess water in the past years is along a flood plain, not where there is housing, so if the water levels there were one Metre for 4 months, there is no problem, the land will eventually allow the natural soak away, aided by the pumps @ BurrowBridge pumping station...
Your analogies 'Do Not Hold Water' Living on a mountain and complaining of snow........
It is the now real situation, that the Environment Agency have allowed these new flood area's to take more excess water from direction of the Tone and Taunton.....
So your sarcastic comments are unwanted, as they add nothing to the debate, next you will be saying its Iain Liddel - Graingers fault, or down to David Cameron...
The very first line. I'll repeat it again if you're having trouble:

"Guy Smiley, you must be as thick as the comment you make"

And extract your head from your analways, I'm having a pop because you're rising to the bait. All I'm saying is don't be rude and others might be less rude in return.

And for the record, I owe nobody any explanation for my anonymity, the fact you choose to splatter your name all over the place makes not one jot of difference. You're no better than the next man.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Guy Smiley, you must be as thick as the comment you make, Somerset Levels does not mean it has to be under Water, there always was areas of land set aside for excess water to be stores, whilst the River capacities were unable to cope..... The point I made was that now, SCC and the E Agency are now more than happy to allow people to be flooded out of their homes and business. The Moors, that stored the excess water in the past years is along a flood plain, not where there is housing, so if the water levels there were one Metre for 4 months, there is no problem, the land will eventually allow the natural soak away, aided by the pumps @ BurrowBridge pumping station... Your analogies 'Do Not Hold Water' Living on a mountain and complaining of snow........ It is the now real situation, that the Environment Agency have allowed these new flood area's to take more excess water from direction of the Tone and Taunton..... So your sarcastic comments are unwanted, as they add nothing to the debate, next you will be saying its Iain Liddel - Graingers fault, or down to David Cameron...[/p][/quote]The very first line. I'll repeat it again if you're having trouble: "Guy Smiley, you must be as thick as the comment you make" And extract your head from your analways, I'm having a pop because you're rising to the bait. All I'm saying is don't be rude and others might be less rude in return. And for the record, I owe nobody any explanation for my anonymity, the fact you choose to splatter your name all over the place makes not one jot of difference. You're no better than the next man. twinkles
  • Score: -1

10:52pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Twinkles, I've revisited my Previous post and No Where have I posted your " Phrase Of . Extract your head from your Anal way "
Whilst I did say Guy was " You must be thick" as the Comment you make.
So, unless my posts are different to yours, I'm suggesting you withdraw your accusation....Twinkl
es!!!
So you are falsely alleging things within my Posts, that are not there to further your own ends. !!!!!
The reason and Critism of the.Environment Agency, is they are responsible for Millions of Pounds Budget for Flood Prevention Measures £350.000.000., Prevention being the Operative word, not just respond to the damage after.......properti
es and lives have been ruined.
So Twinkle Twinkle little Star - whether you use a Psudonoum or not, post something that actually expands the debate, rather than just popping @ me, as you do not agree , tell me and the rest who post, Why, your views are so different, I do not particularly care as to who you are, more what you have to contribute to the debate -------
I only post my details because I believe as a Former Councillor, posters have the right to know as to where and why I post the viewsI do......
David L Preece Blue-Owl
davidpreece2@aol.co.
uk,
Twinkles, I've revisited my Previous post and No Where have I posted your " Phrase Of . Extract your head from your Anal way " Whilst I did say Guy was " You must be thick" as the Comment you make. So, unless my posts are different to yours, I'm suggesting you withdraw your accusation....Twinkl es!!! So you are falsely alleging things within my Posts, that are not there to further your own ends. !!!!! The reason and Critism of the.Environment Agency, is they are responsible for Millions of Pounds Budget for Flood Prevention Measures £350.000.000., Prevention being the Operative word, not just respond to the damage after.......properti es and lives have been ruined. So Twinkle Twinkle little Star - whether you use a Psudonoum or not, post something that actually expands the debate, rather than just popping @ me, as you do not agree , tell me and the rest who post, Why, your views are so different, I do not particularly care as to who you are, more what you have to contribute to the debate ------- I only post my details because I believe as a Former Councillor, posters have the right to know as to where and why I post the viewsI do...... David L Preece Blue-Owl davidpreece2@aol.co. uk, Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

4:11pm Sun 12 Jan 14

duckface08 says...

To me it is obvious, you don't need to be super intelligent to understand that if a riverbed is half full of silt then it can only carry half as much water. This is a national problem since we stopped dredging.
To me it is obvious, you don't need to be super intelligent to understand that if a riverbed is half full of silt then it can only carry half as much water. This is a national problem since we stopped dredging. duckface08
  • Score: 3

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