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Somerset floods: Met Office says snow could fall as ice warning issued
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- Rain hits county on Sunday morning.
- Somerset Levels at risk of further flooding.
- Met Office issues ice warning and says risk of snow overnight on Sunday.
- Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to visit communities on Monday.
For updates from Monday (January 27), click here.
On that note, I'm signing off for the night.
We'll have more updates and the latest on the Environment Secretary's visit tomorrow.
It appears Owen Paterson was in Bridgwater tonight for a briefing at Sedgemoor District Council but will not be visiting the levels until Monday.
A particularly uncommunicative Owen Paterson just arrived in Somerset. Wouldn't look at us, let alone speak. All very odd. #ukfloods— @richardgaisford 26 January 2014
@DSFireUpdates @dredgetherivers you are doing great work and giving people support #SomersetFlooding— @samcricketwidow 26 January 2014
Our underwater search team has been in Mulcheney on #SomersetLevels today using their boat to reach flood-hit homes. http://t.co/a7wrpvdrTi— @ASPolice 26 January 2014
A drowned landscape. I have so much sympathy for people living with this on the Levels. #SomersetFloods http://t.co/XmUoTpQM8x— @bobcruwys 26 January 2014
8:33pm Sun 26 Jan 14
Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.
Avon and Somerset Police's Local Resilience Forum's Strategic Co-ordination Group (SCG) met again this evening to discuss the latest situation with the flooding affecting communities in Somerset.
The meeting, chaired by Ass Ch Con Louisa Rolfe involved:
• Somerset County Council
• Sedgemoor District Council
• Taunton Deane Borough Council
• South Somerset District Council
• Emergency services including fire, ambulance and police
• NHS and Public Health England
• Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
• Bristol Water and Wessex Water
• Western Power Distribution
• Environment Agency
• The Met Office
A statement said: "The gold group evaluated the hard work which has taken place over the weekend and looked at how further support will be provided to people living in the flood-hit communities.
"Working alongside the Met Office and the Environment Agency, the group was informed that despite further unsettled weather forecast for the next week, water levels are unlikely to rise and any net change in water levels are predicted to be very small.
"The group also heard how people living in properties identified as being at risk of flooding have been visited over the weekend by either the emergency services, local authorities or local utility companies.
"The purpose of these visits has been to provide advice and guidance on behalf of all agencies involved in the SCG and to find out residents' needs and listen to their concerns.
"All the information gathered will be collated and reviewed by the local authorities, supported by other agencies, so the affected communities get all the help they need, including ensuring everyone has continuing access to fuel, healthcare, food and sanitation.
"The group will meet again later in the week to monitor progress."
Our flood forecast shows the areas at risk of flooding over the next three days: http://t.co/LvQoyR0mV8 #floodaware— @EnvAgency 26 January 2014
This video below has appeared on YouTube.
Phil Brewin (@waterlevels) tweeted: "Please drive slowly through floodwater: this red Discovery threw water into @full2001 mum's house."
It looks like the A358 Tower Hill at Williton has re-opened.
Two new pumps at Northmoor Pumping Station are working well. THANKYOU!!! #Flooding #dredgetherivers #SomersetLevels http://t.co/qxppD2NETC— @SouthWestFarm 26 January 2014
The sun sets on the floods. http://t.co/o4YjcjiiWL— @CharlieTaylor4 26 January 2014
Muchelney and its phone lines - a crucial link to the mainland. http://t.co/qQtPtd2ccy— @CharlieTaylor4 26 January 2014
The other way to get in. The Law Lane tractor ferry service. #Muchelney http://t.co/pX5eyYmT1i— @CharlieTaylor4 26 January 2014
I wonder if any Politician's "thoughts are with" the poor folk in Somerset watching their homes invaded again #dredgetherivers— @somersetlevel 26 January 2014
It appears that Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will now be visiting Somerset on Monday.
Defra orginally announced his visit would be today.
Our mobile police station & team will be at Moorland village hall (Northmoor Green) tomorrow 10am to 3pm http://t.co/JrKtqNLx1c— @InspAndyP 26 January 2014
Some of the productive farmland nr Burrow Mump, Somerset this afternoon. #dredge http://t.co/TB0sGmliKJ— @doitinwellies 26 January 2014
A yellow warning of ice has now been issued by the Met Office, who says there is a chance of snow in parts of Somerset.
The warning is in place from 6pm this evening until 10am on Monday.
A forecaster said: "Showers of rain, sleet and snow will continue overnight. Clear skies between showers are expected to allow temperatures to fall to around freezing resulting in a risk of icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces.
"The public should be aware of the potential for some disruption to travel."
RT @winterhighways: Some wintry stuff around this evening and overnight. Keep an eye on latest traffic/weather http://t.co/wVJKVbN4Er http:…— @AASORT 26 January 2014
Still can't get over the amount of pumps at Northmoor pumping station. http://t.co/sab5IAulUk— @SouthWestFarm 26 January 2014
Northmoor Pumping Station #SomersetLevels RT @SouthWestFarm: "Pumps as far as the eye can see!" http://t.co/5uXVniIu7G— @waterlevels 26 January 2014
Somerset Middlemoor water levels over the past three months (Nov 1st to Jan 26th): http://t.co/EP5fVhbHDe— @beconstant 26 January 2014
Future transport for Somerset ? http://t.co/iBvA6nYvRY— @tonyhayman 26 January 2014
2:51pm Sun 26 Jan 14
St. Austell says
This years serious flooding of the Somerset Levels demonstrates yet again policies driven by cost cutting resulting in poor maintenance of waterways.
In the past I recall seeing machines dredging waterways on the Levels in order to obviate major problems. Didn't see such operations in recent years. The result a major problem which will not be solved by conciliatory words alone from politicians who aren't really interested since the voters on the Levels can not themselves influence the result of the next general election.
"@itvnews: Man goes scuba diving on the Somerset Levels as floodwaters rise http://t.co/I3pdi2xf9b http://t.co/OYIs8oGr4K" #GenasHoliday?— @DrNinjaMonkey 26 January 2014
Currently 9 flood warnings and 31 flood alerts in south west. More info http://t.co/N4nyuj0EyY updated every 15 mins #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 26 January 2014
Network treated at 18.00 and then monitored as showers with poss hail likely. Temp should rise above zero from midnight.— @somersetgritter 26 January 2014
If you’ve been affected by flooding, you can call our Floodline 24/7 for advice on 0845 988 1188 #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 26 January 2014
At 12.40pm, most of the pumps in operation were at Northmoor (12) and Saltmoor (ten).
This morning, the Environment Agency said it had 43 pumps gushing water from the levels.
Weather is soooo depressing!! Water steaming off the fields, horrible! #somersetfloods— @AmyFlame 26 January 2014
I do wonder, that if the #SomersetLevels were in London, something would be done.— @PatWilliams18 26 January 2014
Sustrans path from Bawdrip to Chedzoy today #SomersetFloods http://t.co/YbpU08DgCA— @jcurtisart 25 January 2014
People living in the areas around the Somerset Levels are being reminded not to attempt to wade or travel through flood water.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is requesting people to stay out of flood water.
A spokesman said: "If a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected. This includes driving, walking, riding a horse, canoes and inflatable boats as the flooded area hide many dangers."
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust added: "It is important to stay safe and stay informed. Please take note of all available advice regarding heavy rainfall and flooding.
"For those in the affected areas with ongoing medical conditions we would urge you to ensure you are fully stocked-up on your regular medications so you don’t have to venture out during periods of severe weather.
"The public can be reassured that all emergency, public and health services are working together to provide a safe and effective service to all affected communities."
The A358 Tower Hill at Williton is closed due to flooding near Croft Meadows, by the railway bridge. Diversions are in place.
Keep up to date at our live traffic and travel page.
We have sunshine again! #hallelujah— @captainsomerset 26 January 2014
Environment Agency says there are currently ten flood warnings and 29 flood alerts in the South-West.
Env Agency respond to criticism over lack of dredging on Somerset Levels http://t.co/CuQcpstoWu— @BobConstantine 24 January 2014
Will the Env Agency dredge rivers on Somerset Levels? Neil Parish MP says they're "fiddling while Rome floods"— @BobConstantine 22 January 2014
From a windy Burrow Mump looking towards Aller. http://t.co/vzCbscuifZ— @CharlieTaylor4 26 January 2014
Pumping off North Moor at Burrowbridge. http://t.co/p47np4VeOH— @CharlieTaylor4 26 January 2014
My main route home! The A361 at Burrowbridge. http://t.co/vsmP0wgaYd— @CharlieTaylor4 26 January 2014
Officers back in (short notice change of shift for most) and will be back out in flooded areas following briefing (Northmoor & Burrowbridge)— @InspAndyP 26 January 2014
RT @johncurtinEA: Week by week map of #rainfall since start December. Wet doesn't begin to describe it - more to come so #floodaware http:/…— @ukfloodprotect 26 January 2014
The Environment Agency says new flood alerts have been issued for River Tone catchment and East and South Somerset rivers.
New Video & Photos: Burnham-On-Sea pilot takes new aerial shots of Somerset floods http://t.co/0vrT2Slcu7 http://t.co/Xz6doSZbi0— @burnham_on_sea 26 January 2014
@nicholls2010 @WomensInstitute We welcome help from anyone concerned about #Flooding on #SomersetLevels Please support @dredgetherivers— @spencer68 26 January 2014
Lots of rain forecast for today….. Spare a thought for those farmers out busy protecting stock from flooding! @SouthWestFarm & @westyeo— @FarmersOfTheUK 26 January 2014
Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, is due in Somerset today to visit people affected by flooding.
I think it's safe to say there'll be a lot of unhappy people asking why this wasn't prevented given earlier warnings at the end of 2012.
Please don't go into flooded areas today to 'rubber neck,' you may end up getting stuck and taking up emergency services resources.— @DSFireUpdates 26 January 2014
The Environment Agency currently has eight flood warnings and 21 flood alerts in place.
For flooding advice, visit its website.
RAIN has fallen in many parts of Somerset this morning (January 26) adding misery to those already at serious risk of further flooding.
As expected, many woke up to heavy rain as the Met Office issued an amber warning for the region between 6am and 2pm.
Around 10 to 20mm of rain is expected to fall and those living in the flood-hit Somerset Levels are being urged to prepare for further flooding.
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."
On the roads, the A361 at Burrowbridge is still closed as is the Long Load Bridge in Long Load, South Somerset.
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