FLOODS LATEST: Earth wall being built at Huntworth to protect Bridgwater from flooding (From Somerset County Gazette)
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FLOODS LATEST: Earth wall being built at Huntworth to protect Bridgwater from flooding
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- Flood warning issued for Sampford Brett
- Military arrive in Curload
- Rail line re-opens at Crewkerne but Bridgwater line remains flooded
The military assisted the people in Curload today by delivering and placing sandbags.
Members of the 40 Commando unit based in Taunton were up and down the road at Curload and into Athelney placing sandbags in people's doorways and by their back garden walls.
Chris Stanton, a member of the 40 Commando unit, said: "We got here around midday and have been placing sandbags all day."
Chris's told the Gazette that his mum is an avid reader. He said: "She'll cut this out and put it on the wall when she sees this."
Steve and Sarah Griffiths are one of the houses in danger in Curload who the military were helping.
Steve said: "The Environment Agency came here a few days ago to identify the areas in danger.
"The military have been excellent. There is so much community work going on. These guys have been a great deal of help."
The work being done at Dunball to install the pumps from Netherlands. When installed, the pumps will transfer water from the King Sedgemoor drain to the River Parrett.
An earth wall is being built at Huntworth to protect Bridgwater from flooding.
The wall, for which building has begun just south of Huntworth, is designed to hold the water encroaching from Northmoor and into Bridgwater.
The water held by this earth wall will be pumped by new pumps brought in from The Netherlands into the River Parrett.
Ian Withers, strategic manager for the scheme at the Environment Agency, said: "We have agreement from the Highways Agency and we're in talks with National Rail at the moment. It's not yet formalised."
A second scheme is being set up at Dunball to pump water from King Sedgemoor Drain into the Parrett.
Construction equipment was digging there today for the pumps to be installed.
Mr Withers said: "We have a number of pumps from Netherlands. We will be lifting water out of the King Sedgemoor and to the River Parrett."
The scene in Moorland as the BARB help with the flood rescue operations.
A severe flood warning remains in place for Moorland as water levels continue to rise.
The rail line has re-opened at Crewkerne following the damage caused by a landslip yesterday.
Trains can now run between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction.
thanks 4 offers of help for flooded residents; real community spirit. Sedgemoor Direct report steady flow of calls. open til 6pm 08454082540— @SedgemoorDC 09 February 2014
RT @BeebJournalist: Stretching as far as you can see. 17 HGVs carrying pipes to clear water in Somerset. http://t.co/mILaKe7iK7— @farmersjournal 09 February 2014
The military have arrived in Curload to assist with sandbagging the bank of the River Tone.
@dredgetherivers the army are in Curload to sandbag Tone @bbcsomerset @CountyGazette http://t.co/KV6TYZTz1y— @stegrif 09 February 2014
RT @M4ryLamont: @SouthWestFarm @westyeo help coming your way from Rutland the whole farming community feels your worry and stress x http://…— @DeerParkHotel 09 February 2014
A car wash along the River Parrett at Langport.
Photos: Geoff Hall
Large pumps in action at Dunball Wharf and at Seven bends, Othery.
Steve Snook says: "Seeing them is reassuring to know that something is being done to alleviate the flooding."
The current train departures from Taunton Rail Station.
A flood warning issued by the Environment Agency for West Moor, Hay Moor and Curry Moor has stayed at flood warning status since Christmas Eve.
Another flood warning status for Langport Westover Trading Estate along the River Parrett has been in place since January 2.
No end is in sight for these flood warnings with the River Tone at Curry Moor expected to rise again today with 14mm of rain set to fall.
New Road between North Curry and the A361 remains flooded.
River levels on the River Parrett at Langport are high but stable, with the drain level at Langport Westover pumping station at 8.51 m and currently stable.
The heavy rain is expected to clear up later today.
All direct rail lines to the South West have been closed.
Flooding at Athelney between Taunton and Bridgwater means that all mainline routes to the south west from London are closed.
The diversionary route via Yeovil is also closed at Crewkerne because of a landslip and is expected to remain shut for up to a week.
Trains from London to Taunton via Newbury cannot proceed beyond Castle Cary.
Services to Somerset via Bristol will stop at Weston, with a very limited service extending to Bridgwater from Weston.
Replacement bus services will operate from Bridgwater to Taunton.
The Environment Agency has issued a new flood warning for Sampford Brett along the Doniford Stream.
Sampford Mill Farm and Sampford Brett Bridge on the A358 are expected to be the worst hit.
Up to 14mm of rain is set to hit today, with the river levels on the Doniford Stream at Sampford Brett and Doniford rising.
Severe flood warnings remain in place for Moorland and for the A361 from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.