Flood meeting to be held in Huntworth (February 12)

BARB help out in flooded Moorland

BARB help out in flooded Moorland

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PEOPLE looking for updates on the flooding can attend a series of weekly sessions with the main players.

Residents can speak to the Environment Agency, Sedgemoor District Council, the Police and Somerset County Council at the surgeries.

An overview meeting will be held at 6pm at the Canalside Centre at Huntworth on Wednesday, February 12.

There will be an explanation as to how the huge additional pumps and building of an earth bank at Huntworth will help to manage the flow of water.

A spokesman from SDC said: “There are very technical and complex engineering solutions and these will be explained to the audience.

“Because of the landscape of the area and the way in which the millions of tonnes of water can behave; it can seem that solutions are counter-productive.”

Information is being given out to communities on a regular basis by door-knocking, community update sheets, social media, organisation websites and briefings; but these surgeries will be a chance for households to ask specific questions relating to their circumstances.

The spokesman added: “Many people have had their homes and livelihoods underwater; lives have been turned upside down and are people are understandably upset and angry.

“The aim of the first meetings is to explain what has been done, what is being done and future plans to try and lessen the effects of flooding.”

The meeting will run for approximately two hours and there will be a Q and A session.

The first surgery will be held on February 13 at 2pm at the Canalside.

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