Somerset floods: Dry start to the weekend for many - but warnings still in place

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  • Met Office predicts mostly dry Saturday.
  • 'Major incident' still in place.
  • Villagers hoping for respite.
  • Some sporting fixtures still hit by the saturated conditions.

10:00am

For updates from Sunday (January 26), click here.

11:03pm

Signing off for the night, let's hope it is not as bad as feared on Sunday morning.

i'll be back with updates throughout the day.

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9:36pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Rocky Rex says

The weather system bringing the rain for Sunday 26/1/2014 is a low-pressure system with a central pressure of around 940 millibars.

The Met Office website says that pressures below 950 mb are 'rare'; we had 3 similar systems around the last week of December, and we have another one now. So how rare?

Pressures below 950mb have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years:

http://onlinelibrary
.wiley.com/doi/10.10
02/wea.20/abstract

(this reference was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently)

I heard one Somerset resident say that they were flooded out in 2000 and were told it was a 'once a century event'. Now they are flooded again.

And basically, the wind events that we have seen since the 'St Jude storm' are unprecedented for the UK.

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9:04pm

Still not much rain around these parts fortunately, but remember the Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain for Sunday between 6am and 2pm.

A forecaster said: "More heavy rain will spread east across the area on Sunday. Given the current disruption on the Somerset Levels, the public should be prepared for further flooding."

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There are eight flood warnings and 18 flood alerts in place now.

For flooding advice, see the Environment Agency website.

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5:17pm

Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger is appealing to the Government to send in troops to avert a “catastrophe" on the levels.

5:12pm

The Environment Agency says it has 70 pumps at Northmoor and Saltmoor working to remove water from the levels.

4:17pm

This is just in from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service:

"Through a pre-arranged agreement with South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Fire Service Control mobilised the specialist rescue team from Bridgwater for the use of their boat when called by the ambulance service to assist their crews to gain access to a casualty in a flooded area in Moorland, Bridgwater.

"On arrival at the scene crews gave assistance to the adult female casualty until the arrival of specialist ambulance crews."

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This Landsat image courtesy of metdesk.com shows the scale of the flooding in Somerset.

Warning: Those in Bridgwater should look away now!

Bridgwater Mercury: Landsat

3:53pm

BARB Search and Rescue says it is currently on standby to provide more support to flood-hit communities if needed.

When waters first rose, rescuers were on hand to ferry vital supplies to Muchelney.

He described that spell as probably the busiest of the charity's 21 year history.

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12:45pm

The Environment Agency said 8mm of rain fell on Friday, with a further 4mm expected today and 13mm on Sunday.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain on Sunday saying people living on the Somerset Levels should "be prepared for further flooding".

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A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Through an arrangement with Somerset County Council, we have been providing a boat service to the village of Muchelney which has been cut off for over two weeks by the large area floods across the Somerset levels.

"The fire and rescues crews role has included transporting schoolchildren, the postman, transporting people who may have hospital appointments. The boat has taken vital supplies, including 800 litres of heating oil as well as daily newspapers.

"Villagers have said they feel well looked after by the emergency services, but they are of course concerned for other people whose houses have flooded for the second and third time in two years."

11:59am

In response to the ongoing flooding issues which continue to affect communities across the Somerset Levels, a tactical command group has been established representing the emergency services, local authorities, health organisations and utilities for the area.

The main areas affected by the floods are: Muchelney, Thorney, Oath, North Moor, Moorland and Curry Moor.

Fire crews will be gathering information on behalf of all agencies in order to develop a detailed needs assessment throughout the weekend.

11:27am

The Environment Agency has reportedly said another pump will be sent to Northmoor on the Somerset Levels.

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10:34am

According to our weather page, there is a 7% chance of rain - much more promising than 24 hours ago! 

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As you can see below, Bridgwater Town FC's match has been called off. Taunton Town's game has also been postponed following an inspection this morning. 

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Following yesterday's 'major incident' declaration, the Local Resilience Forum's Strategic Co-ordination Group (SCG) met yesterday afternoon to ensure there is a co-ordinated multi-agency response to the ongoing flooding issues affecting communities in Somerset.

The meeting, chaired by Ass Ch Con of Avon and Somerset Police Louisa Rolfe involved:

  • Local authorities
  • Emergency services including fire, ambulance and police
  • NHS and Public Health England
  • Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
  • Bristol Water
  • Western Power
  • RNLI
  • Environment Agency
  • The Met Office

The SCG set up a Gold group to evaluate the work which has already taken place over the past couple of weeks and to oversee and co-ordinate the provision of support to people living in communities seriously affected by flooding.

The group agreed to explore all options available to support the communities, including bringing in resources from outside the local authority area.

The group will continue to meet over the weekend to monitor the situation.

9:16am

GOOD morning. Many of us are waking up to a little bit of sunshine today (January 25) but the 'major incident' declared by Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council yesterday is still active.

Some eight flood warnings and 21 flood alerts are currently in place by the Environment Agency for the region, as those on the Somerset Levels hope to get through the weekend without suffering any further misery.

On the roads, the A361 at Burrowbridge is still closed as is the Long Load Bridge in Long Load, South Somerset.

The Met Office forecast is predicting a cloudy Saturday for many with sunny intervals, but hopefully the rain will stay away.

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4:04pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

Stop Press!!

Residents of Val Thorens, Europe's highest village at 2300m above sea level, are up in arms at the failure of their local authority to do anything to help with the amount of snow that has fallen since the winter started.

Despite the best efforts of the Environment Agency, the 45 x 3-bar electric heaters installed around the village are not only failing to melt the snow but also failing to prevent any further snow from settling and the villages are worried more may come.

Their local MP is demanding an answer as to why so much snow is falling during the winter across the mountains and what the Government plans to do about it. He is also pushing for more electric heaters to be installed to ensure the residents of Val Thorens don't have to put up with more snow settling during the winter as some of them have cold toes and can't sit in their gardens anymore.
Stop Press!! Residents of Val Thorens, Europe's highest village at 2300m above sea level, are up in arms at the failure of their local authority to do anything to help with the amount of snow that has fallen since the winter started. Despite the best efforts of the Environment Agency, the 45 x 3-bar electric heaters installed around the village are not only failing to melt the snow but also failing to prevent any further snow from settling and the villages are worried more may come. Their local MP is demanding an answer as to why so much snow is falling during the winter across the mountains and what the Government plans to do about it. He is also pushing for more electric heaters to be installed to ensure the residents of Val Thorens don't have to put up with more snow settling during the winter as some of them have cold toes and can't sit in their gardens anymore. Guy Smiley
  • Score: -4

4:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

.....and in addition to the shock news that the Somerset Levels and wetland areas of Somerset have flooded after heavy rain we head to Rome where it is announced the Pope is Catholic.

Join us later for more stories involving bears defecating in the woods and amusing footage of a one-legged duck swimming in circles.
.....and in addition to the shock news that the Somerset Levels and wetland areas of Somerset have flooded after heavy rain we head to Rome where it is announced the Pope is Catholic. Join us later for more stories involving bears defecating in the woods and amusing footage of a one-legged duck swimming in circles. Guy Smiley
  • Score: -8

4:17pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

BUT - it is worth noting that the respective Environment Agencies of Germany, Denmark, France, Austria and Sweden have a COMBINED budget less than 2/3 of the UK's EA!!

UK Environment Agency budget £1.2bn (for just England alone!)
All the above 5 countries total only ~£800m!!

Must be all that flexi-time....!
BUT - it is worth noting that the respective Environment Agencies of Germany, Denmark, France, Austria and Sweden have a COMBINED budget less than 2/3 of the UK's EA!! UK Environment Agency budget £1.2bn (for just England alone!) All the above 5 countries total only ~£800m!! Must be all that flexi-time....! Guy Smiley
  • Score: -11

9:36pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Rocky Rex says...

The weather system bringing the rain for Sunday 26/1/2014 is a low-pressure system with a central pressure of around 940 millibars.

The Met Office website says that pressures below 950 mb are 'rare'; we had 3 similar systems around the last week of December, and we have another one now. So how rare?

Pressures below 950mb have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years:

http://onlinelibrary
.wiley.com/doi/10.10
02/wea.20/abstract

(this reference was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently)

I heard one Somerset resident say that they were flooded out in 2000 and were told it was a 'once a century event'. Now they are flooded again.

And basically, the wind events that we have seen since the 'St Jude storm' are unprecedented for the UK.
The weather system bringing the rain for Sunday 26/1/2014 is a low-pressure system with a central pressure of around 940 millibars. The Met Office website says that pressures below 950 mb are 'rare'; we had 3 similar systems around the last week of December, and we have another one now. So how rare? Pressures below 950mb have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years: http://onlinelibrary .wiley.com/doi/10.10 02/wea.20/abstract (this reference was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently) I heard one Somerset resident say that they were flooded out in 2000 and were told it was a 'once a century event'. Now they are flooded again. And basically, the wind events that we have seen since the 'St Jude storm' are unprecedented for the UK. Rocky Rex
  • Score: -1

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