Communities warned of more rain, winds and flooding

Bridgwater Mercury: Flooding at Moorland, Somerset. Flooding at Moorland, Somerset.

THE Environment Agency has warned more rain and strong winds are on the way for the South West.

Officials have said there is a continuing risk of flooding into the New Year, as rivers respond to heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

On New Year’s Day, heavy rain is expected which could cause flooding to communities and the EA is urging people to prepare in advance by signing up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one.

A spokesman said: “A flood warning indicates that flooding is expected.

“Environment Agency teams have been on the ground around the clock operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively.

“Although most rivers have receded from the peaks seen over Christmas, they are full and the ground is saturated, which means there is an increased risk of surface and river water flooding.”

Large waves and strong winds are expected along coastal areas, such as Burnham, which may lead to spray and waves over-topping promenades and coastal defences, especially on Thursday as spring tides approach.

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

To sign up to free flood warnings visit https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/home

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10:43am Tue 31 Dec 13

Blue Owl says...

Let's hope that the E.Agency, has learnt from the last, heavy rains we faced, with the Moors @ BurrowBridge, and Middle Moor, being flooded for too long a period. Whilst we all understand the reasoning behind the set aside land taking the Flood waters.
They held a summit, after the last bout of flooding, stating that they must learn and not make the same mistakes. We can only Hope !!!
If they are to learn ,they must dredge the Parrett, remove the Silt and sludge, pulling it up onto the banks to heighten the defences, against higher water levels in the River Course. It can not be rocket science, but basic maths and common sense, that says if the Rivers column capacity is increased then the volumn of a Water held, will be greater, when needed to pump water off the Moors.
I said recently, and no one has yet come back to me !!! The question, I raised was if we have a ' King Sedgemoor Drain', which indeed we have, then Why ?
Does it not do what is on the "Tin " Drain the Moor into the River @ Dunball and Highbridge @ Low tide, taking the excess water off the Sodden land..!!
David L Preeceq
Let's hope that the E.Agency, has learnt from the last, heavy rains we faced, with the Moors @ BurrowBridge, and Middle Moor, being flooded for too long a period. Whilst we all understand the reasoning behind the set aside land taking the Flood waters. They held a summit, after the last bout of flooding, stating that they must learn and not make the same mistakes. We can only Hope !!! If they are to learn ,they must dredge the Parrett, remove the Silt and sludge, pulling it up onto the banks to heighten the defences, against higher water levels in the River Course. It can not be rocket science, but basic maths and common sense, that says if the Rivers column capacity is increased then the volumn of a Water held, will be greater, when needed to pump water off the Moors. I said recently, and no one has yet come back to me !!! The question, I raised was if we have a ' King Sedgemoor Drain', which indeed we have, then Why ? Does it not do what is on the "Tin " Drain the Moor into the River @ Dunball and Highbridge @ Low tide, taking the excess water off the Sodden land..!! David L Preeceq Blue Owl

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