FLOODS LATEST: Rail lines underwater at Bridgwater with new flood warnings along River Parrett (Sat, Feb 8) (From Somerset County Gazette)
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FLOODS LATEST: Rail lines underwater at Bridgwater with new flood warnings along River Parrett (Sat, Feb 8)
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- Trains between Taunton and Bristol cancelled
- Further bad weather expected today
- New flood warnings along River Parrett
- Water levels are rising at about 5mm an hour at Moorland and Fordgate
The drain level at Northmoor pumping station is 5.69 m and is rising by about 7 mm per hour. #somersetfloods #somersetlevels #somersetmoors— @MuchThornWings 08 February 2014
The River Tone at Currymoor is currently stable, but remains high. #somersetfloods #somersetlevels #somersetmoors— @MuchThornWings 08 February 2014
Hard to imagine I drove this road (A361) to work everyday for 15 years http://t.co/paLLDHv3TP— @kelwaysplants 08 February 2014
Up to £1000 grants are available to victims of the floods through the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief and Recovery Fund.
The fund, set up by Somerset Community Foundation, has been created through donations from individuals and companies, including $50,000 from Somerset County Council.
Over £130,000 has been raised so far from 1,194 separate donations.
Grants can be given to help alleviate financial hardship caused by the flooding in Somerset.
Priority will be given to people over 70, children under five, people with physical or learning disabilities or mental health needs, those from low income families or in receipt of job seekers allowance.
The grants can be used for cleaning up and emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, beds and bedding, basic furniture, temporary accommodation costs and more.
You can donate to the funa £10 via text by texting NOAH95 to 70070, or you can send a cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation with Flood Relief written on the back to Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN, or donate online through the Somerset Community Foundation just giving page.
BARB's crew helping flood-hit local people in Moorland earlier this afternoon http://t.co/0qI3nsKWm9— @barbhovercraft 08 February 2014
10 Downing Street has just released this official statement on the Somerset flooding situation.
"Specialist pumping equipment has been ordered to clear roads, in addition to the extra pumps government has already sent, and they will keep looking at all options for pumping and dredging.
"But no amount of pumping will solve the current problem completely because the land is so saturated, so dredging will start as soon as the waters recede enough for it to be safe to do so.
"In addition, demountable flood defences and sandbags are being given out and the Agency continues to clear waterways to ensure as many properties as possible are protected.
"Work has already begun on an action plan to deliver robust defences against floods in Somerset over the next 20 years."
View from Burrowbridge - 6 motorists in 1 hour asked if the road was open #somersetfloods http://t.co/raDK8d85t6— @InspAndyP 08 February 2014
Latest: 3 severe flood warnings, 33 flood warnings & 44 flood alerts in the SW. Check http://t.co/0ZfC09MuLx. Stay #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 08 February 2014
NO routes to the West Country are open to trains this afternoon due to flooding on the Somerset Levels and a landslip at Crewkerne, Network Rail has confirmed.
- The route from Bridgwater is blocked by the flooded River Parrett to the south of the town, while the main line from Castle Cary is blocked by flooding at Athelney.
- The diversionary route via Yeovil is also blocked by an embankment landslip at Crewkerne. This was discovered soon after 9am this morning but it has now deteriorated to the extent that trains are no longer able to run.
- It is likely that the slip at Crewkerne will be closed for a least a week, but it is too early to say when the line through Bridgwater will reopen. The floods are currently being blown into waves by the high winds in the area, which are washing away the stones the track rests on.
- The route via Athelney is under water but will be assessed as soon as the flood level drops.
- Work at the damaged sea wall at Dawlish, on the Devon coast, is progressing well in 6-hour shifts, in between high tides.
Passengers are advised to check before they travel for the rest of the weekend, either with their operator or at www.nationalrail.co.uk
Officers patrolling the Burrowbridge to Moorland river bank. #somersetfloods http://t.co/otW2YOJOdZ— @InspAndyP 08 February 2014
Looking a bit wet between Bridgwater and Taunton! http://t.co/6snswmOQKw— @jsw743 08 February 2014
An update on the main stories:
Further wind and rain is expected to hit the already flooded areas around Somerset. The Met Office is warning against persistent rain on Saturday night and early on Sunday, with wind speeds of up to 80mph.
Train lines between Taunton and Bristol are closed due to the track being underwater between Taunton and Bridgwater. Trains between Taunton and Castle Cary are also cancelled due to flooding.
Severe flood warnings remain in place in Moorland and on the A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge. The water levels in Moorland raised by 7mm overnight with police warning against the water rising further throughout the day.
A rest centre at Westfield Church in Bridgwater is open 24/7 for victims of the flooding. The rest centre has been so overwhelmed with support from the community that they no longer need any more food and drink donations.
Thanks to all who donated food to the Bridgwater rest centre. They have been overwhelmed with support and have enough food for now.— @SomersetCouncil 08 February 2014
Water levels have risen in Moorland by 7mm overnight with levels continuing to rise.
Sedgemoor District Council are advising that all but essential travel should be avoided as the area is largely inaccessible to normal vehicles.
The rest centre at Westfield Church, West street, Bridgwater is still open on a 24/7 basis.
There is food, drink, showers and toilets available and a children's play space. Domestic pets are accepted (cats need to be in suitable carriers).
If you require advice on the movement of animals (livestock, domestic and/or exotic pets) please call Avon and Somerset Police on 101.
Number for mobile police station at Moorland is 0782 408 3407 #somersetfloods— @InspAndyP 08 February 2014
Following a pitch inspection at 11am, the Bridgwater and Albion match today versus North Petherton is going ahead.
Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater, has re-iterated his stance that the Environment Agency has let the people of Somerset down.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: "The Environment Agency has just failed us on every level.
"The EA people on the ground are superb but, I'm sorry, but we've been let down by London and Lord Smith is head of this.
"If he had any shred of decency he would say I'm really sorry. I've got this wrong. I'll hang my hat and we'll go and get someone in in who can do it.
"On the ground they're working hard. Up in London, I don't know what they're doing."
Tesco is offering to lend farmers trucks to transport their animals.
Tom Hind, Tesco director of agriculture, said: “We know the terrible impact the floods have had on some farmers in Somerset and want to do what we can to help.
"We have heard that some farmers have struggled to find vehicles to deliver the feed they need for their animals, so we’re making our truck fleet available to any farmer who needs transportation.
"If you are a farmer in need of support, please call us on 0800 072 6684.”
Into the night 7/2/14 Water still rising outside village hall at Moorland #somersetfloods http://t.co/eUbSZ7RTSQ— @InspAndyP 08 February 2014
8pm 7/2/14 - water started to come into the village hall at Moorland #somersetfloods http://t.co/4aVonQBr6q— @InspAndyP 08 February 2014
10pm 7/2/14 flood water now in hall but we were still having people attend wanting help #somersetfloods http://t.co/unTXm4II9a— @InspAndyP 08 February 2014
Mobile police station is in the old school house Moorland - if you need help contact us #somersetfloods— @InspAndyP 08 February 2014
Bridgwater Town's game versus Thatcham has also been called off due to waterlogged pitch.
Taunton Town's game against Bishops Cleeve today has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
The club carried out a pitch inspection at 9am today and decided the pitch was unplayable.
Bridgwater and Albion rugby club's game today against North Petherton is subject to a pitch inspection at 11am to see if the game can go ahead.
RT @CMCPower: @CreditonMilling Adam delivering animal feed this morning on the Somerset Levels #keepontrucking http://t.co/14cJgLa3DO— @CreditonMilling 08 February 2014
WHILE there is likely to be a mix of heavy showers and light rain throughout our area today, wind is also likely to be a problem, particularly in coastal areas.
The Met Office says 50mph gusts are expected in Minehead and speeds of around 40mph in Burnham.
Useful numbers for anyone wanting to donate aid to flood victims:
Flood relief fund run by Somerset Community Foundation: 01749 344949.
Food can be taken to the rest centre in Bridgwater but CALL FIRST on 0845 4082540 (8am to 6pm).
Red Cross relief effort in Taunton: 01823 363070.
To offer help to farmers or livestock, call the police on the non-emergency number of 101.
Police say water levels are rising at about 5mm an hour at Moorland and Fordgate this morning.
The area has had rain every day since December 23, 2013.
Our travel feed as of 8.10am. For the latest live travel, click here.
Supt Ian Wylie from @ASPolice says flood waters are still rising in Moorland and Fordgate by 5mm every hour. They expect more flooding.— @bbcsomerset 08 February 2014
A new flood warning is in place along the River Parrett from South Perrott to Thorney.
Up to 17 mm of rainfall fell over the River Parrett during Friday with another 10 mm of rainfall forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
River levels on the River Parrett at Chiselborough and River Parrett at Gawbridge are rising.
Severe flood warnings remain in place for Salt Moor and North Moor including Moorland and on the A361 from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.
The Met Office is warning that frequent heavy showers and some bands of more persistent rain is likely to hit Somerset again today, alongside winds of up to 80mph along coastal areas.
Flooding on the rail lines at Bridgwater means that trains are currently unable to run between Bridgwater, Castle Cary and Taunton.
Trains that run from Exeter from the north will stop at Bristol or Weston.
Trains between Castle Cary and Taunton are also suspended. Services may be diverted via Bath or terminate at Castle Cary.
A bus replacement service will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton.
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