LiveSOMERSET FLOODS: Heavy rain expected on Friday

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  • More severe rain on the way
  • Utility firms urged to suspend bills for flood evacuees
  • Two severe weather warnings still in place for Somerset

3:57pm

MARY Mackay, who also lives next to the affected stretch of road, is worried that inconsiderate drivers could be making the situation on New Road in Ilminster worse. 

She said: "Up here on the Beacon the road has been closed due to serious road 'slumping' - too soon to say land slip but give it time.

"There are cracks you can get your fingers in and it is steadily getting worse.

"But, despite the police road closed signs for the short stretch motorists just get out, move the signs and drive on through. This may account for it getting worse more quickly, especially the lorries driving through - they are heavy.

"The police have been up at least three times to my knowledge to replace the signs and I have not been here all the time.

"We neighbours have also been putting them back too when we walk down to be nosey!

"I hope drivers realise that they invalidate their insurance, never mind adding to the risk of landslip to the homes directly opposite.

"Also if the steep hill were suddenly to give way they would be at the bottom very quickly and probably not the right way up and certainly injured." 

12:20pm

NEW Road in Ilminster has been closed over fears of a road slip.

A police spokesman said: "It will be closed for some time, as there is clear evidence that the road is subsiding along a 50- to 80-metre stretch, and is therefore dangerous.

"There are clearly visible cracks, many metres long, on both sides, some as deep as three inches and two inches wide where it is falling away.

"Highways have been notified and are due to carry out an inspection at any time."

 

Somerset County Gazette:

7:58pm

DUTCH pumps have been installed at Dunball, near Bridgwater, to help with the flood relief effort (PHOTO: SWNS)

Somerset County Gazette:

5:13pm

ACTOR James Purefoy, who stars in Sky Atlantic's hit US thriller The Following, is throwing his weight behind the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief Fund Appeal.

He tweeted: 

5:04pm

4:54pm

PAUL Fuller, president of the Chief Fire Officers Association, visited flood-hit areas of Somerset yesterday (Wednesday) to see the prolonged challenges facing Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

He said: “The valiant efforts of fire crews in Devon, Somerset and other services across the country, who have been working tirelessly to help those affected by flooding should be recognised and applauded.

“In the face of exceptionally poor weather conditions, they have provided invaluable assistance to people whose lives and livelihood are under threat.”

DSFRS have been involved from the start six weeks ago pumping out properties, setting up ferry services, helping to move people, belongings and livestock to safety.

Lee Howell, DSFRS Chief Fire Officer, said: "I am immensely proud of the efforts of partners and my staff who remain actively engaged in dealing with this incident and in reducing the impact and associated distress to residents of Somerset.

“I am also very grateful for the mutual aid provided by other fire and rescue services who are supporting us locally."

 

Somerset County Gazette:

4:50pm

4:45pm

WE'VE had rain, wind, sun and snow in Taunton today - now we've just had thunder.

4:42pm

A POWER line brought down by a falling tree caught fire.

A fire crew from Taunton was called to tackle the incident at Combe Florey shortly before 11am today (Thursday).

They used a carbon dioxide extinguisher to put out the fire at the base of the pole before Western Power attended.

4:40pm

FIREFIGHTERS rescued a couple stuck in their vehicle in flood water in Moor Road, Sutton Mallet, Stawell.

Crews were mobilised from Bridgwater Fire Station at about 11.30am today (Thursday).

Wearing dry suits and using wading poles, they managed to reach the vehicle and assist the couple to dry ground.

4:13pm

3:38pm

1:54pm

THE Environment Agency is warning people on the Somerset Levels of possible further flooding with heavy rain expected on Friday into Saturday.

There is continued high flood risk on the Somerset Levels and Moors, where a major operation to pump away floodwater is taking place.

The Environment Agency has teams out on the ground making sure blockages are removed from rivers, supporting the deployment of sandbags by local authorities, and working to put up temporary defences.

To support the ongoing response to the extreme weather and extended flooding, additional temporary flood defences have been ordered from Sweden and the Netherlands to ensure as many communities as possible are protected.

Paul Leinster, chief executive of Environment Agency, said: “We are continuing to see the very real and devastating impacts that flooding can have on communities and business.

“We know the distress that flooding can cause and are doing everything we can to reduce the impacts.

“Some communities will see a brief respite today, but unfortunately the risk of flooding will continue. We ask people to remain vigilant and take action were necessary.

“We expect to see river levels rising again with more rain forecast for Friday and Saturday.

“Environment Agency teams are working round the clock to help protect homes, businesses and communities. By clearing blockages from rivers, and deploying temporary defences we have helped to protect homes which may otherwise have seen flooding.

“I urge the public to sign up to our receive free flood warnings, check their flood risk, and keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website and on social media using #floodaware.”

1:01pm

1:00pm

SOME 300 people from villages on the Somerset Levels heard at a public meeting last night of the steps being taken to protect their homes.

Representatives from the Environment Agency, police and local councils attended the meeting at The Canalside conference centre in Huntworth, near Bridgwater.

Melvin Wood, a floods technical specialist from the Environment Agency, gave a presentation on the latest pumping strategy, which aims to move millions of gallons of water from the Levels into King’s Sedgemoor Drain and out to sea. 

He also explained how the huge additional pumps and building of an earth bank at Huntworth will help to manage the flow of water. 

Concerns were raised by villagers about funding, security of empty homes, difficulty in using the police 101 number, and about the length of time taken for additional pumps to be put into action.

Residents were reassured additional police resources would be deployed “24/7” to protect vulnerable communities and the communication problems would be addressed. 

EA area manager for the South-West, Nick Gupta, said the Government had pledged additional cash which would allow dredging, as soon as ground conditions allowed. 

There will now be weekly drop-in surgeries where people can speak to representatives from various agencies.

The first will be at the Canalside today from 2pm to 7pm and then weekly on Wednesdays between 6pm and 8pm.

12:57pm

THE Wurzels and Mad Dog Mcrea are performing a benefit show in aid of the flood victims in Somerset.

All proceeds from the concert at The Palace, Bridgwater, on Thursday, March 20, will go to the Somerset Flood Relief Fund and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Fund Institution.

Tickets at £12.50 in advance are available from Strings ‘n’ Things, West Quay Records, Bar Brunel, The Palace; from the ticketline 08444-771000; from www.midnightmango.co.uk or on-line from See Tickets, TicketWeb and Gigantic – booking fees may apply.

Somerset County Gazette:

Somerset County Gazette:

12:49pm

AVON and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is visiting the flooding silver control centre in Taunton tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She will be attending the morning briefing and asking questions about 101 telephone number difficulties and how the agencies are working together and the longer term plan for residents.

Somerset County Gazette:

12:47pm

THE Rotary Club of Chard will be collecting to support the appeal for flood relief at Tesco in the town on Sunday (February 16).

12:39pm

12:36pm

CALLS have been made today for utility companies to suspend the bills of flood victims who have had to leave their homes.

Somerset County Council yesterday announced flood evacuees would not have to pay the authority's portion of their overall council tax bill until they are safely able to return home.

And the council's leader John Osman, has now backed calls for utility firms to do the same after meeting with members of the Flooding on the Levels Action Group yesterday.

Cllr Osman said: “It was clear from talking to people in Somerset who have been directly affected by the flooding, and particularly FLAG, that this was a really good idea.

“I’ve heard stories that some people who have been forced out of their homes have faced hefty bills or have been asked to pay hundreds of pounds to suspend a service. That is not fair.”

Speaking on BBC Somerset earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron called on firms to be “socially responsible” concerning flood victims.

Cllr Osman added: “As a council we took the lead by offering to waive the county council part of homeowners’ council tax bill for everyone stranded or unable to live at home.

“We called on other councils and businesses to follow suit, and I’m delighted to hear that our Prime Minister feels the same.”

12:31pm

BROADGAUGE Business Park, in Bishops Lydeard, is reported to be without power.

12:07pm

ALL homes in Bishops Lydeard are currently without power after a tree in Lydeard St Lawrence fell and hit power lines.

It is estimated that power will be restored to the area at 3pm today earliest. 

12:06pm

11:38am

MOTORISTS could face delays in Ilminster after a section of the Puckington road appears to be subsiding.

Somerset County Council highways staff are at the scene at Cemetery Hill.

A spokesman said: "There are signs of a road slip and traffic lights are being deployed."

Drivers are reportedly being stopped at the Dillington entrance.

11:23am

THERE are reports of "heavy snow" at Wheddon Cross and Ralegh's Cross - the gritter is reportedly on the way.

11:13am

10:48am

9:42am

AREAS along South-West England are at risk of more flooding from rising river levels and groundwater.

Flood warnings and alerts remain across the South of England, with the Somerset Levels and communities along the Thames at high risk of flooding.

Public Health England is providing information on the potential health impacts before, during and after a flood as well as advice and support on the response and recovery.

If a flood has been forecast, pack a ‘flood kit’ in case you need to leave your home - remember phone numbers, insurance documents, bank cards and money; medicines and medical devices, hearing aid batteries, glasses and contact lenses; clothing, toothbrush and personal items. If you have a baby, pack nappies, clothing and baby food.

Prof Virginia Murray, PHE head of Extreme Events and Health Protection for PHE, said: “If flooding has been forecast where you live, listen to local radio or check the Environment Agency and Met Office websites for updates and news.

“Take action if flooding has been forecast in your area. Phone Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188 or your Local Authority if you have questions.

“If you have been flooded, or live near a river in flood remember that accidents happen in fast flowing floodwater so avoid walking or driving in or anywhere near floodwater.

In coastal areas and on paths near the sea keep well away from the edge as large waves and strong winds can easily sweep you off your feet.

“Water sports in swollen or fast flowing flooded rivers or in stormy sea conditions can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided.”

If your home has been damaged by floodwater, consider staying with friends or family, or ask your local authority to help you find alternative accommodation.

Only consider returning to your home when essential repairs and cleaning have been completed.

Do not let children play in floodwater and take care if you or your family must go into flood water as there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution.

Wash your hands regularly. If water is not available use hand sanitising gel or wet wipes.

It’s important when cleaning up after a flood to never use outdoor petrol or diesel generators indoors even in the event of a power cut.

The exhaust fumes may contain carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space such as a home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.

Also, after being flooded, remember not to turn on gas or electrics until they have been checked by a qualified technician.

Avoid eating food that has touched flood water or fresh food that has been in the fridge. Clean all work surfaces before and after preparing food.

9:23am

9:19am

AND now it's snowing in Taunton and Bridgwater!

9:08am

THIS five-day weather map from the Met Office suggests things are going to get worse tomorrow and Saturday. 

The areas in yellow are those where weather warnings are in place.

Somerset County Gazette:

9:04am

READER Keith Rendell sent this picture from the A39 at Bawdrip to us via Facebook. 

 

Somerset County Gazette:

9:01am

ENGINEERS from Western Power Distribution have been working through the night to restore power in affected parts of Somerset. 

Parts of Taunton were affected last night, and there have been further reports that areas of Wellington also lost electricity. 

This tweet from WPD came in the early hours of this morning.

 

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9:04am Thu 13 Feb 14

Dumonii says...

Tory and UKIP groups were both in opposition to a 2012 motion on the implementation of EU water legislation designed to tackle the “rise in the frequency and intensity of floods” with “adaptation and mitigation policies”. The vote emphasised “the importance of risk prevention, mitigation and response strategies to prevent water-related extreme phenomena”.

As if the relevance to flood-hit parts of the UK wasn’t clear enough it continues:

“some countries do not suffer from shortages of water but are having difficulty in managing the excess of water resulting from regular or heavy rainfall, flooding, river erosion and pollution affecting river basins and coastal areas, as well as the effects of these phenomena on the local population”

“Calls on the Commission to conduct a relevant analysis of the ways to prevent the effects of flooding, given the noticeable increase in the flood risk in Member States in recent years”
Tory and UKIP groups were both in opposition to a 2012 motion on the implementation of EU water legislation designed to tackle the “rise in the frequency and intensity of floods” with “adaptation and mitigation policies”. The vote emphasised “the importance of risk prevention, mitigation and response strategies to prevent water-related extreme phenomena”. As if the relevance to flood-hit parts of the UK wasn’t clear enough it continues: “some countries do not suffer from shortages of water but are having difficulty in managing the excess of water resulting from regular or heavy rainfall, flooding, river erosion and pollution affecting river basins and coastal areas, as well as the effects of these phenomena on the local population” “Calls on the Commission to conduct a relevant analysis of the ways to prevent the effects of flooding, given the noticeable increase in the flood risk in Member States in recent years” Dumonii
  • Score: 5

9:43am Thu 13 Feb 14

Libertybelle says...

We don't need the EU commission to sort us out, they seem to cause more problems than they fix " making space for water policy " being just one. We just need a government that will put the UK first , most of the MPs we have at the moment should be tried for treason.
We don't need the EU commission to sort us out, they seem to cause more problems than they fix " making space for water policy " being just one. We just need a government that will put the UK first , most of the MPs we have at the moment should be tried for treason. Libertybelle
  • Score: 6

6:50pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Well, obviously the Comment from the last post about MP tried for treason !!!
I would advocate that Lord Chris Smith should be Hung Drawn and Quartered, and his Head placed on a Spike, at the Tower of London. Because he as Quango Chairman of the Environment Agency, he and his Team have a lot to Answer for !!!!!, if he values his head to remain on his shoulders then, if he resigns IMMEDIATLY, and wholeheartedly Apologises to the Country for his and his Agencies Failings, then I would spare his Decapitation.....
At a Salary, on top of the Lords Expenses and Attendance Allowances, along with the other lucrative Chairs and Boards he no doubt is appointed to.....
The Environment Agency, are Not Fit For Purpose, the Accounts show that a massive £17.3 Million has been spent on Travel and E Agency Expenses, we only needed £5 Million to dredge the River Parrett, but they were determined not to do that, instead, creating Bird Sanctuaries, and Wet lands, to the detriment of our Somerset Residents. Disgraceful, Appauling, and Criminal, they must be held to Account, after the Misery, has been addressed.
Responsibility for our Moors , Rivers must go back to the Local Drainage Boards, who have real expertise ,local Knowledge, and a passion to protect our Farm Land and Communities such as BurrowBridge, Moorland, Athelney, Westonzoyland, and Langport.
I am possession of a Drainage Board Communication, from February 2013, which states that after the 2012 Local Flooding, it is paramount to dredge the River Parrett and the River Tone. 12 Months ago, after last years Floods, the Environment Agency KNEW that they had got it WRONG !!! Dredging is the first Answer, then to manage the Rain fall, and Disperse that Water into the River Networks, yo enter the River Parretts Estuary, and outward to the Bristol Channel, twice Daily at Burnham On Sea.
This report states that the River Capacity, a year ago, was 65% of the 1960 Capacity, and that if they had Dredged, the Capacity, would be 90- 95 % of the 1960 Levels.
So for the Last 20 years the Environment Agency, have been determined not to listen to Local Knowlege, the Farmers, the Residents, and the Drainage Board Members, who understand our Local Rivers and Moors.
I have called for a resolution to SDC Meeting now postponed to Monday a week, from next Wednesday, for SDC to call for the Environment Agency to be disbanded, and the Local Drainage Boards to take back the responsibility, with the funding to look after locally our Rivers and Flood Plains and Moors, in Somerset.
Let's hope the Dutch Pumps, reduce the Flood waters from the Moors, as I have today been out to Westonzoyland, and in 35 years, have never whitnessed the fields entering The Village, on the right by the Cemetary, underwater. !!!!!
How much higher will it rise, !!! My home is on the 3 -3A flooding Zone
E Agency, mapping area's.
We can only hope that the River Levels are maintained, and that they are not Breached, or 1000 + properties, on Bower, Westonzoyland Rd. And the Somerville Way Properties could be next.......
Today, I obtained the Tide Time Table from the Environment HQ, they were not too willing to make it available, a staff member, leaving gave me Her Personal Copy, Cllr Nobby Turner, SDC, asked for the Timetable, earlier today, and was told NOT AVAILABLE, as they didn't want to Alarm Residents
In making the Tide Times known......." Typical ' response from the E Agency @ Rivers House ,East Quay.........
David L Preece
Blue - Owl.
I Will Publish Our Tide Times Later .
Well, obviously the Comment from the last post about MP tried for treason !!! I would advocate that Lord Chris Smith should be Hung Drawn and Quartered, and his Head placed on a Spike, at the Tower of London. Because he as Quango Chairman of the Environment Agency, he and his Team have a lot to Answer for !!!!!, if he values his head to remain on his shoulders then, if he resigns IMMEDIATLY, and wholeheartedly Apologises to the Country for his and his Agencies Failings, then I would spare his Decapitation..... At a Salary, on top of the Lords Expenses and Attendance Allowances, along with the other lucrative Chairs and Boards he no doubt is appointed to..... The Environment Agency, are Not Fit For Purpose, the Accounts show that a massive £17.3 Million has been spent on Travel and E Agency Expenses, we only needed £5 Million to dredge the River Parrett, but they were determined not to do that, instead, creating Bird Sanctuaries, and Wet lands, to the detriment of our Somerset Residents. Disgraceful, Appauling, and Criminal, they must be held to Account, after the Misery, has been addressed. Responsibility for our Moors , Rivers must go back to the Local Drainage Boards, who have real expertise ,local Knowledge, and a passion to protect our Farm Land and Communities such as BurrowBridge, Moorland, Athelney, Westonzoyland, and Langport. I am possession of a Drainage Board Communication, from February 2013, which states that after the 2012 Local Flooding, it is paramount to dredge the River Parrett and the River Tone. 12 Months ago, after last years Floods, the Environment Agency KNEW that they had got it WRONG !!! Dredging is the first Answer, then to manage the Rain fall, and Disperse that Water into the River Networks, yo enter the River Parretts Estuary, and outward to the Bristol Channel, twice Daily at Burnham On Sea. This report states that the River Capacity, a year ago, was 65% of the 1960 Capacity, and that if they had Dredged, the Capacity, would be 90- 95 % of the 1960 Levels. So for the Last 20 years the Environment Agency, have been determined not to listen to Local Knowlege, the Farmers, the Residents, and the Drainage Board Members, who understand our Local Rivers and Moors. I have called for a resolution to SDC Meeting now postponed to Monday a week, from next Wednesday, for SDC to call for the Environment Agency to be disbanded, and the Local Drainage Boards to take back the responsibility, with the funding to look after locally our Rivers and Flood Plains and Moors, in Somerset. Let's hope the Dutch Pumps, reduce the Flood waters from the Moors, as I have today been out to Westonzoyland, and in 35 years, have never whitnessed the fields entering The Village, on the right by the Cemetary, underwater. !!!!! How much higher will it rise, !!! My home is on the 3 -3A flooding Zone E Agency, mapping area's. We can only hope that the River Levels are maintained, and that they are not Breached, or 1000 + properties, on Bower, Westonzoyland Rd. And the Somerville Way Properties could be next....... Today, I obtained the Tide Time Table from the Environment HQ, they were not too willing to make it available, a staff member, leaving gave me Her Personal Copy, Cllr Nobby Turner, SDC, asked for the Timetable, earlier today, and was told NOT AVAILABLE, as they didn't want to Alarm Residents In making the Tide Times known......." Typical ' response from the E Agency @ Rivers House ,East Quay......... David L Preece Blue - Owl. I Will Publish Our Tide Times Later . Blue Owl
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3:42am Mon 17 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game.

Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks.

In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response.

After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming.

Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts.

These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention.

Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October.

Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public.

It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place.

"In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts.

"Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010.

Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger.

There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue.

We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing.

The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people."

"The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country.

Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections.

The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels.

When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever".

Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%.

Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system."

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
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Floods misery: Government cuts to blame While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game. Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks. In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response. After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming. Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts. These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention. Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October. Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds. The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public. It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place. "In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts. "Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010. Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger. There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue. We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing. The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people." "The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country. Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections. The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels. When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever". Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%. Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system." For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset;SocialistParty
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