Sedgemoor battles flooding, fallen trees and powerful winds

Bridgwater Mercury: Cannington flooding in 2012 Cannington flooding in 2012

COMMUNITIES in Bridgwater were urged to prepare to once again battle flooding as heavy rains and strong winds battered Sedgemoor.

Toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooded roads conjured up bitter memories of last year's winter downpours, which caused chaos across the region.

Cannington was one of the worst hit areas during the horrendous 2012 deluge and villagers were getting anxious as flood water gathered earlier this week.

Colin Allen, chairman of Cannington Parish Council, told the Mercury: “We've been on red alert. On Monday we experienced the worst of it when the brook began overflowing.

“But the Environment Agency had carried out work to clear the brook before Christmas and this prevented the water from reaching the road. But I did hear that at one stage there was flood water by the roundabout.

“We also lost power to the village hall on Christmas Eve.

“There's a lot of anxiety in the village, especially among those unfortunate enough to have had their homes flooded in 2012.”

The village has established an emergency store of sand and sandbags and a dedicated flood team.

In other parts of Sedgemoor, Bridgwater's Eastover area was cordoned off by the emergency services after powerful winds dislodged a flat part of roofing on an old building. Police assisted the fire service in examining the roof and making sure it was safe before re-opening the road hours later.

Hamp resident Geoffrey Ridgway said the storm caused five huge fencing panels to crash down in his garden. He added: “I heard this weather is set to carry on over the next few days and I'm worried more damage is yet to come.”

Somerset County Council said it had received several reports of trees falling in high winds across Sedgemoor, with the A39 becoming partially blocked through Nether Stowey due to a fallen tree.

Overnight between December 23 and Christmas Eve, the council's Highways team responded to one incident of flooding and five fallen trees in Sedgemoor alone.

Meanwhile the Environment Agency had 41 flood alerts and 18 flood warnings in place for the South West last week. Flood alerts were issued for the lower part of the River Tone and River Parrett. A flood warning was issued for the upper part of the Parrett.

Adrian Rushworth, for the Environment Agency, said: “Rivers are very full and the ground is saturated, which means there is an increased risk of surface and river water flooding.

“Gale force, possibly even severe gale force, winds and large waves are expected.”

Somerset Waste Partnership said waste and recycling collections faced some disruption due to high winds as bins and debris blew across roads.

Western Power Distribution said 2,000 homes were left without electricity in Devon and Somerset due to the storm.

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7:39pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Blue Owl says...

I have for the last 10 years questioned the Data that the E . Agency use we here in Bridgwater Centre and Dunwear are classified as Flood Zone 3 and 3a, this puts us into a high Flood Zone. This affects the building of new properties as they have to be raised on footings of over a Metre. The insurance Co, and the Mortgage Companies charge higher premiums on our properties.
Although we have never been flooded in this area, for the last 115 years at least, my Grandparents were born in Chedzoy, married and lived on Dunwear Crossroads, in Dunwear Villa on the corner of Bower.
When, as a Councillor for SDC and BTC I tried many times to bring this discrepancy to the attention of the Environment Agency in Meetings with them.
They then changed their Flood potential Risk Modeules to 1/ 200 years from a / 100 year risk potential. As I said during the last 115 years we have never had overtopping of our River bank along the River Parrett, this due to work done over the last 30+ years to increase the height of low River banks where in previous decades the River broke the Bank.
If you remember back when we did suffer flooding on a Major scale, it was because the high tidal surge breached the defenses in Burnham On Sea and encroached through to A38 and beyond around the then Crooked Chimney Restaurant, as it was then. They suffered serious flooding issues and never re-opened, in time it was then demolished.
Only on Friday, The E Agency, and SCC have announced the dredging of the River Tone and Parrett, when I raised this question many times @ previous meetings I was told that the Silt, Sludge, could not be spread on the Banks to increase the height, which is a no Brainer??!!!!! As it was Contaminated, with what I enquired, ?? No answer forthcoming.....then or now.....the local Farmers, Councillors in the villages on the Moor know more about the potential flooding of the Moors than all of the Boffin's put together, many years of local knowledge, along with the Local Drainage Boards, now debunked !!
A question, that came to my mind recently, was ?? Why do we have a King Sedgemoor Drain running from the Moors to the Parrett, if it's job is not to Drain the Moor excess water into the Drain and out to the Sea at low tide. ??
David L Preece, Still a Concerned Resident of Bridgwater.
I have for the last 10 years questioned the Data that the E . Agency use we here in Bridgwater Centre and Dunwear are classified as Flood Zone 3 and 3a, this puts us into a high Flood Zone. This affects the building of new properties as they have to be raised on footings of over a Metre. The insurance Co, and the Mortgage Companies charge higher premiums on our properties. Although we have never been flooded in this area, for the last 115 years at least, my Grandparents were born in Chedzoy, married and lived on Dunwear Crossroads, in Dunwear Villa on the corner of Bower. When, as a Councillor for SDC and BTC I tried many times to bring this discrepancy to the attention of the Environment Agency in Meetings with them. They then changed their Flood potential Risk Modeules to 1/ 200 years from a / 100 year risk potential. As I said during the last 115 years we have never had overtopping of our River bank along the River Parrett, this due to work done over the last 30+ years to increase the height of low River banks where in previous decades the River broke the Bank. If you remember back when we did suffer flooding on a Major scale, it was because the high tidal surge breached the defenses in Burnham On Sea and encroached through to A38 and beyond around the then Crooked Chimney Restaurant, as it was then. They suffered serious flooding issues and never re-opened, in time it was then demolished. Only on Friday, The E Agency, and SCC have announced the dredging of the River Tone and Parrett, when I raised this question many times @ previous meetings I was told that the Silt, Sludge, could not be spread on the Banks to increase the height, which is a no Brainer??!!!!! As it was Contaminated, with what I enquired, ?? No answer forthcoming.....then or now.....the local Farmers, Councillors in the villages on the Moor know more about the potential flooding of the Moors than all of the Boffin's put together, many years of local knowledge, along with the Local Drainage Boards, now debunked !! A question, that came to my mind recently, was ?? Why do we have a King Sedgemoor Drain running from the Moors to the Parrett, if it's job is not to Drain the Moor excess water into the Drain and out to the Sea at low tide. ?? David L Preece, Still a Concerned Resident of Bridgwater. Blue Owl

9:05am Mon 30 Dec 13

awayswing says...

If the weak bridge at Huntworth is to be shut for 22 weeks and the A361 flooded for 3 or 4 months,as earlier this year,people living in Moorland will be lucky to get to Taunton never mind to Bridgwater.
If the weak bridge at Huntworth is to be shut for 22 weeks and the A361 flooded for 3 or 4 months,as earlier this year,people living in Moorland will be lucky to get to Taunton never mind to Bridgwater. awayswing

11:06am Mon 30 Dec 13

Blue Owl says...

The Bridge over the railway, which is rusty and required urgent repair or replacement, was due to have had the work done on it over six months ago.
When the original Notice was put in the paper as schedule works. The dangerous condition of this structure has been know for some considerable time before that.
If the Powers that be had the will to do, the complete bridge could be removed and a new pre- formed structure put in place within a week !!!!
The Highways Agencies can shut a Motorway overnight and put a new bridge over 8 lanes of highways and often reins or watercourses.!!!!!!!

As my previous sentence states "A Will 2 Do ", the 22 week closure of this road is not needed, the villagers will become isolated if the weather conditions continue to deteriorate over the next couple of weeks, as expected.
Then we may also face snow storms that are presently in N York USA, quite often we get it coming across the Atlantic 2-3 weeks after.........
Will the Villagers be given compensation for this disruption, the Landlord & Landlady, David And Shelaugh have a business to run @ the Thatchers Arms, where personally I have skittle'd (not Well ) for over 30 + years.
Will it mean for 22 weeks the only way into the village and it's businesses will be via Glastonbury or Taunton ??
So Why do the Agencies not get their Collective Actions in gear and look at this situation, in reality, which would mean, I'm sure a speedier solution.
I often, talk of ! " where there is a Way ", you only have to look @ this situation, if it was in or nearer Taunton, instead of Bridgwater, as there never is a shortfall of cash or experience when it is a predicament to SCC and it's County Town, money is always found for New Roads, Bridges , Park and Rides.
We, in and around Bridgwater, have seen expansion in our Business Input, new startup firms re- Locating in and around our District, Hinkley C shortly to commence, and all on existing road networks, which are going to be "Tweaked" as the construction Traffic, will take Priority over our needs as residents........Thi
s I Can Assure You would Not Be the Case, in Taunton " I have asked many times for the Breakdown of Highway Budget Spend, ????
Bridgwater - Taunton, Guess what 17.3 % to 17.0% Taunton, overall, that's 0.3% of an annual Budget extra in Bridgwater and it's surrounding Districts out of an amount in Excess of £38 Million, Yes Million from Central Government. Each Year.
Yet, hear we are coming into 2014, still waiting for the Bridge into Colley Lane Ind Est from Taunton Rd, monies paid by the Stockmoor Developement to SCC 106 Agreements, the 106 monies from Derek Mead Junction 24 Agri -Centre, and all the other re- located business that have gone on that Site.
Now take Morrisons Developments, both the Distributions Depot, and the Vegetable Packing Store on Bristol Road, We are still waiting for the Highway infrastructure changes that we as Members on the SDC Planning Commitee, mitigated works that had to be done, in relation to these Businesses opening, improvements to " Canon Round a Bout". The Clink, the Monmouth St,
St John Street Traffic Lights, Taunton Rd junctions, Traffic Management Lights that work with the Traffic Flows not against.
Elevating the 20 Minute queues into Bridgwater from Taunton Rd J24, and Bristol Rd on a daily basis.
Now we are awaiting what ever "****- Up of a Scheme" that will Support the 800HGV movements through Bridgwater and the 25000 workers who will be driving their vehicles to the Park & Rides from 90 Minutes travel time away to work on the Construction Site.
With the already 1125 that will be living on Bath Rd Campus Block Site, for EDF. And the Construction of Hinkley C.
Which, I am in favour of, But, for goodness sake, get the infra structure Highways right, or the Bottleneck of Bridgwater will be with us for another 15 years......Mark My Words!!!!!
David L Preece
Bridgwater
davidpreece2@aol.co.
uk
If you feel as I do lets get the 100,000 Signatures of a Gov e. Petition.
Ps. I do not apologise for the length of this Post, as it has to be said again and again, until they take note and listen and act in your s and my interest ..
The Bridge over the railway, which is rusty and required urgent repair or replacement, was due to have had the work done on it over six months ago. When the original Notice was put in the paper as schedule works. The dangerous condition of this structure has been know for some considerable time before that. If the Powers that be had the will to do, the complete bridge could be removed and a new pre- formed structure put in place within a week !!!! The Highways Agencies can shut a Motorway overnight and put a new bridge over 8 lanes of highways and often reins or watercourses.!!!!!!! As my previous sentence states "A Will 2 Do ", the 22 week closure of this road is not needed, the villagers will become isolated if the weather conditions continue to deteriorate over the next couple of weeks, as expected. Then we may also face snow storms that are presently in N York USA, quite often we get it coming across the Atlantic 2-3 weeks after......... Will the Villagers be given compensation for this disruption, the Landlord & Landlady, David And Shelaugh have a business to run @ the Thatchers Arms, where personally I have skittle'd (not Well ) for over 30 + years. Will it mean for 22 weeks the only way into the village and it's businesses will be via Glastonbury or Taunton ?? So Why do the Agencies not get their Collective Actions in gear and look at this situation, in reality, which would mean, I'm sure a speedier solution. I often, talk of ! " where there is a Way ", you only have to look @ this situation, if it was in or nearer Taunton, instead of Bridgwater, as there never is a shortfall of cash or experience when it is a predicament to SCC and it's County Town, money is always found for New Roads, Bridges , Park and Rides. We, in and around Bridgwater, have seen expansion in our Business Input, new startup firms re- Locating in and around our District, Hinkley C shortly to commence, and all on existing road networks, which are going to be "Tweaked" as the construction Traffic, will take Priority over our needs as residents........Thi s I Can Assure You would Not Be the Case, in Taunton " I have asked many times for the Breakdown of Highway Budget Spend, ???? Bridgwater - Taunton, Guess what 17.3 % to 17.0% Taunton, overall, that's 0.3% of an annual Budget extra in Bridgwater and it's surrounding Districts out of an amount in Excess of £38 Million, Yes Million from Central Government. Each Year. Yet, hear we are coming into 2014, still waiting for the Bridge into Colley Lane Ind Est from Taunton Rd, monies paid by the Stockmoor Developement to SCC 106 Agreements, the 106 monies from Derek Mead Junction 24 Agri -Centre, and all the other re- located business that have gone on that Site. Now take Morrisons Developments, both the Distributions Depot, and the Vegetable Packing Store on Bristol Road, We are still waiting for the Highway infrastructure changes that we as Members on the SDC Planning Commitee, mitigated works that had to be done, in relation to these Businesses opening, improvements to " Canon Round a Bout". The Clink, the Monmouth St, St John Street Traffic Lights, Taunton Rd junctions, Traffic Management Lights that work with the Traffic Flows not against. Elevating the 20 Minute queues into Bridgwater from Taunton Rd J24, and Bristol Rd on a daily basis. Now we are awaiting what ever "****- Up of a Scheme" that will Support the 800HGV movements through Bridgwater and the 25000 workers who will be driving their vehicles to the Park & Rides from 90 Minutes travel time away to work on the Construction Site. With the already 1125 that will be living on Bath Rd Campus Block Site, for EDF. And the Construction of Hinkley C. Which, I am in favour of, But, for goodness sake, get the infra structure Highways right, or the Bottleneck of Bridgwater will be with us for another 15 years......Mark My Words!!!!! David L Preece Bridgwater davidpreece2@aol.co. uk If you feel as I do lets get the 100,000 Signatures of a Gov e. Petition. Ps. I do not apologise for the length of this Post, as it has to be said again and again, until they take note and listen and act in your s and my interest .. Blue Owl

11:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

lordgodalmighty says...

Blue Owl wrote:
The Bridge over the railway, which is rusty and required urgent repair or replacement, was due to have had the work done on it over six months ago.
When the original Notice was put in the paper as schedule works. The dangerous condition of this structure has been know for some considerable time before that.
If the Powers that be had the will to do, the complete bridge could be removed and a new pre- formed structure put in place within a week !!!!
The Highways Agencies can shut a Motorway overnight and put a new bridge over 8 lanes of highways and often reins or watercourses.!!!!!!!


As my previous sentence states "A Will 2 Do ", the 22 week closure of this road is not needed, the villagers will become isolated if the weather conditions continue to deteriorate over the next couple of weeks, as expected.
Then we may also face snow storms that are presently in N York USA, quite often we get it coming across the Atlantic 2-3 weeks after.........
Will the Villagers be given compensation for this disruption, the Landlord & Landlady, David And Shelaugh have a business to run @ the Thatchers Arms, where personally I have skittle'd (not Well ) for over 30 + years.
Will it mean for 22 weeks the only way into the village and it's businesses will be via Glastonbury or Taunton ??
So Why do the Agencies not get their Collective Actions in gear and look at this situation, in reality, which would mean, I'm sure a speedier solution.
I often, talk of ! " where there is a Way ", you only have to look @ this situation, if it was in or nearer Taunton, instead of Bridgwater, as there never is a shortfall of cash or experience when it is a predicament to SCC and it's County Town, money is always found for New Roads, Bridges , Park and Rides.
We, in and around Bridgwater, have seen expansion in our Business Input, new startup firms re- Locating in and around our District, Hinkley C shortly to commence, and all on existing road networks, which are going to be "Tweaked" as the construction Traffic, will take Priority over our needs as residents........Thi

s I Can Assure You would Not Be the Case, in Taunton " I have asked many times for the Breakdown of Highway Budget Spend, ????
Bridgwater - Taunton, Guess what 17.3 % to 17.0% Taunton, overall, that's 0.3% of an annual Budget extra in Bridgwater and it's surrounding Districts out of an amount in Excess of £38 Million, Yes Million from Central Government. Each Year.
Yet, hear we are coming into 2014, still waiting for the Bridge into Colley Lane Ind Est from Taunton Rd, monies paid by the Stockmoor Developement to SCC 106 Agreements, the 106 monies from Derek Mead Junction 24 Agri -Centre, and all the other re- located business that have gone on that Site.
Now take Morrisons Developments, both the Distributions Depot, and the Vegetable Packing Store on Bristol Road, We are still waiting for the Highway infrastructure changes that we as Members on the SDC Planning Commitee, mitigated works that had to be done, in relation to these Businesses opening, improvements to " Canon Round a Bout". The Clink, the Monmouth St,
St John Street Traffic Lights, Taunton Rd junctions, Traffic Management Lights that work with the Traffic Flows not against.
Elevating the 20 Minute queues into Bridgwater from Taunton Rd J24, and Bristol Rd on a daily basis.
Now we are awaiting what ever "****- Up of a Scheme" that will Support the 800HGV movements through Bridgwater and the 25000 workers who will be driving their vehicles to the Park & Rides from 90 Minutes travel time away to work on the Construction Site.
With the already 1125 that will be living on Bath Rd Campus Block Site, for EDF. And the Construction of Hinkley C.
Which, I am in favour of, But, for goodness sake, get the infra structure Highways right, or the Bottleneck of Bridgwater will be with us for another 15 years......Mark My Words!!!!!
David L Preece
Bridgwater
davidpreece2@aol.co.

uk
If you feel as I do lets get the 100,000 Signatures of a Gov e. Petition.
Ps. I do not apologise for the length of this Post, as it has to be said again and again, until they take note and listen and act in your s and my interest ..
>> put in place within a week
i understood the recent bridge over the M5, connecting the new housing development south of exeter to the city caused the motorway to be shut for just one day ...
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: The Bridge over the railway, which is rusty and required urgent repair or replacement, was due to have had the work done on it over six months ago. When the original Notice was put in the paper as schedule works. The dangerous condition of this structure has been know for some considerable time before that. If the Powers that be had the will to do, the complete bridge could be removed and a new pre- formed structure put in place within a week !!!! The Highways Agencies can shut a Motorway overnight and put a new bridge over 8 lanes of highways and often reins or watercourses.!!!!!!! As my previous sentence states "A Will 2 Do ", the 22 week closure of this road is not needed, the villagers will become isolated if the weather conditions continue to deteriorate over the next couple of weeks, as expected. Then we may also face snow storms that are presently in N York USA, quite often we get it coming across the Atlantic 2-3 weeks after......... Will the Villagers be given compensation for this disruption, the Landlord & Landlady, David And Shelaugh have a business to run @ the Thatchers Arms, where personally I have skittle'd (not Well ) for over 30 + years. Will it mean for 22 weeks the only way into the village and it's businesses will be via Glastonbury or Taunton ?? So Why do the Agencies not get their Collective Actions in gear and look at this situation, in reality, which would mean, I'm sure a speedier solution. I often, talk of ! " where there is a Way ", you only have to look @ this situation, if it was in or nearer Taunton, instead of Bridgwater, as there never is a shortfall of cash or experience when it is a predicament to SCC and it's County Town, money is always found for New Roads, Bridges , Park and Rides. We, in and around Bridgwater, have seen expansion in our Business Input, new startup firms re- Locating in and around our District, Hinkley C shortly to commence, and all on existing road networks, which are going to be "Tweaked" as the construction Traffic, will take Priority over our needs as residents........Thi s I Can Assure You would Not Be the Case, in Taunton " I have asked many times for the Breakdown of Highway Budget Spend, ???? Bridgwater - Taunton, Guess what 17.3 % to 17.0% Taunton, overall, that's 0.3% of an annual Budget extra in Bridgwater and it's surrounding Districts out of an amount in Excess of £38 Million, Yes Million from Central Government. Each Year. Yet, hear we are coming into 2014, still waiting for the Bridge into Colley Lane Ind Est from Taunton Rd, monies paid by the Stockmoor Developement to SCC 106 Agreements, the 106 monies from Derek Mead Junction 24 Agri -Centre, and all the other re- located business that have gone on that Site. Now take Morrisons Developments, both the Distributions Depot, and the Vegetable Packing Store on Bristol Road, We are still waiting for the Highway infrastructure changes that we as Members on the SDC Planning Commitee, mitigated works that had to be done, in relation to these Businesses opening, improvements to " Canon Round a Bout". The Clink, the Monmouth St, St John Street Traffic Lights, Taunton Rd junctions, Traffic Management Lights that work with the Traffic Flows not against. Elevating the 20 Minute queues into Bridgwater from Taunton Rd J24, and Bristol Rd on a daily basis. Now we are awaiting what ever "****- Up of a Scheme" that will Support the 800HGV movements through Bridgwater and the 25000 workers who will be driving their vehicles to the Park & Rides from 90 Minutes travel time away to work on the Construction Site. With the already 1125 that will be living on Bath Rd Campus Block Site, for EDF. And the Construction of Hinkley C. Which, I am in favour of, But, for goodness sake, get the infra structure Highways right, or the Bottleneck of Bridgwater will be with us for another 15 years......Mark My Words!!!!! David L Preece Bridgwater davidpreece2@aol.co. uk If you feel as I do lets get the 100,000 Signatures of a Gov e. Petition. Ps. I do not apologise for the length of this Post, as it has to be said again and again, until they take note and listen and act in your s and my interest ..[/p][/quote]>> put in place within a week i understood the recent bridge over the M5, connecting the new housing development south of exeter to the city caused the motorway to be shut for just one day ... lordgodalmighty

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