FLOODS LATEST: Water levels on Somerset Levels set to rise further, fund reaches £350,000 (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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FLOODS LATEST: Water levels on Somerset Levels set to rise further, fund reaches £350,000
Updated 9:55am Tuesday 18th February 2014 in News
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FIRE crews helped occupants at a house in Cuts Road near Burrowbridge salvage belongings after their property began to flood at around 10pm last night.
The floodwater pumps in their property had stopped due to a power failure.
One fire appliance and an off road vehicle with water rescue equipment from Taunton attended.
Fire crews left the incident in the hands of Western Power who were in the process of restoring the power to the property in order to restart the floodwater pumps.
'SHILLY' submitted these images taken at Muchelney yesterday (February 16):
#FLAG thanks @ASPolice @ASPBridgwater @ASPTauntonTC @ASPoliceHorses @ASPMendip #somersetfloods http://t.co/k8GpmIslnr— @dredgetherivers 17 February 2014
TWO severe flood warnings remain in place in the South West at Salt Moor and North Moor with another in place at East Lyng to Burrowbridge.
Fifteen flood warnings also remain in place and a further 32 flood alerts.
Back in Burrowbridge today. The @dredgetherivers team are doing a fantastic job. We are in Moorland tomorrow http://t.co/ia27VMd9yA— @EventsCrewUK 17 February 2014
Dutch pumps at Dunball #Somesetfloods http://t.co/aMNzridQg7— @dredgetherivers 17 February 2014
7:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14
Blue Owl says
The generousity and the support for those affected by Flooding, is Fantastic, to see, but nothing less than one would expect, village life is so different to Town Life, they know their neighbours and Village residents, more so than Townies, who perhaps see their neighbours infrequently.
The Spirit of the Blitz is rekindled, Support Each Other. Good old British Bulldog Attitude, they will not be Downtrodden, whatever is thrown at them.
Hats off to all the volunteers personal, and Organisations, you are doing a Grand Job . !!!
David L Preece
Blue - Owl.
- Sedgemoor District Council has changed the date of its Full Council meeting on 19 February to the new date of 24 February at 2:30pm.
- Somerset County Council’s Full Council meeting is on Wednesday 19 February. A flood update will be discussed as well as the 6 week plan.
- Weekly flooding surgeries are taking place at the Canalside Conference Centre, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, for the next four Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Residents can talk one-to-one to representatives from the organisations providing help and support during the flood. The first surgery attracted more than 100 people. For further information please call 01278 435423.
FLOOD victims can go and pick up what they need between 10am to 3pm, 7 days a week. Please take ID to confirm your address. Due to security controls on site, only pre-arranged volunteers are able to staff the centre (drop off of donations is fine). We have no capacity to accept furniture at the moment and cannot store flammable items e.g. deodorant spray canisters.
During opening hours you can contact by phone on: 07754 407282.
Other useful numbers if you want to make a donation or seek help are:
Somerset County Council on 0845 345 9166, email email@example.com
The Police on 101 – If it’s not an emergency they will pass you to the County Council
Sedgemoor District Council - 0845 408 2540, local rate 01278 435435
FLAG have secured and set up a more suitable place for the donations and collections for flood victims.
The new centre is located at the old Somerfield distribution centre, Huntworth Business Park, Junction 24 Bridgwater TA6 6PS.
Donations can re-commence now. Everything can be taken here between 10am – 3pm, 7 days a week.
Food (with good use by dates)
Paper cups & plates
INFORMATION and updates from Avon and Somerset Police:
Muchelney transport changes
The BV206 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that serves the west route to Drayton and beyond is currently out of service and awaiting repair. The County Council boat serving the north towards Langport, will be extended to run from 8am to 5.30pm until the west route is back in service.
A Unimog vehicle continues to serve the community provided by the Fire and Rescue Service, operating 6am to 11pm.
59 households have now passed through SDC's rest centre at Westfield Church. SDC staff and all volunteers doing a great job #somersetfloods— @SedgemoorDC 17 February 2014
THE latest information on roads across Somerset from the County Council:
Sedgemoor (information last updated Monday 17 February 15:27)
Lane closure, A38 dual carriageway at Dunball – Environment Agency (EA) installing additional pumps.
A361 Burrowbridge to East Lyng – still closed due to flooding.
Roads in and around Moorland, nr North Petherton – Flooding to roads and properties remains. Main road to Moorland now closed but is passable with care. A large number of ramps in carriageway to accommodate pumps. Access is being managed by the Police. Evacuation of properties continues.
Marsh Lane, Huntworth – Flood water subsided, road now clear and open
Ward Lane, Chedzoy between Chedzoy and Stawell – closed due to flooding.
Bullhorn Drove, Westonzoyland – closed due to flooding.
Ruggs Drove (Fowlers Plot), Chedzoy – closed due to flooding
A372 Langport Road (Seven Bends) from Othery to Aller – Road closed due to flooding and EA works. Additional advanced signs have been put out. Large pump brought in by EA is at work.
Tuxwell Lane, Spaxton – road passable with care.
Banklands, North Newton – surface water present but passable with care
Fordgate, Moorland – one access route closed due to flooding. The other access route has surface water but is passable with care.
Rookscastle, Broomfield – road closed due to flooding
Middlezoy Road (Place Drove), Middlezoy – Road flooded, passable with care but situation improving
Holloway Road, Middlezoy – Road flooded but passable with care
Liney Road, Westonzoyland – Road passable with care. Pumping of water ongoing.
Bonson Road, Stockland Bristol – Flood damage to verge and carriageway, passable with care
Ashford Lane, Spaxton – Road flooded but passable with care
Perry Green Road, Wembdon – passable with care
Tuckerton Lane, North Petherton – Road flooded and damage to edges but passable with care
Park Lane, Goathurst -Road flooded but passable with care
Moorlinch Road, Moorlinch – Localised flooding but passable with care
Woolavington Road, Puriton – Localised flooding but passable with care
Edbrook Lane, Cannington – road closed due to flooding - Flooding now subsided, gang on way to site to clear remaining silt and debris.
South Somerset (information last updated Monday 17 February 15:27)
A372 Pibsury, closed since 23 December and remains closed
All roads to Muchelney, Thorney closed since 24 December and remain closed
Oath, closed since the week of 6 January and remains closed
Long Load Bridge, B3165 closed since 24 December and remains closed
A372 Othery to Aller – closed
Two Tower Lane, Stoford – Flooded and impassable
Broadway Road, Broadway – Flooded and impassable
B3168, Puckington Road, near Ilminster Cemetery/Higher Beacon – closed – Local diversion in place
Yeovil Road, Chilthorne Domer – Flooding but passable with care
Taunton Deane (information last updated Monday 17 February 15:27)
Lowton Road, Pitminster – Large oak tree fallen across road, team on way.
Ruishton Village has been flooded since early Wednesday (5 February) morning.
Cheats Corner near Ruishton and Creech St Michael – flooded and impassable
Ham area – flooded and impassable
West Sedgemoor Road, near Hellands Mead, North Curry – closed
Tarr Road, Lydeard StLawrence – closed
Lydeard St Lawrence – West Leigh Lane – closed
New Road/Moor Lane, North Curry – closed
Cutts Road, East Lyng (to Athelney) – closed
Burrowbridge to Huntworth – flooding – closed
A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge – closed
Burrowbridge to Stathe – flooded but passable with care
Stathe to Oath – flooded – 4×4 only
Shepherds Drove, Burrowbridge – closed
Knapp – closed
Lower Henlade – passable
West Somerset (information last updated Monday 17 February 15:27)
A39 Washford Cross to Williton - flooding/potholes – temporary traffic signals to cover jetting repair operations today
Stream Road, Wiliton – flooding – road closed
Sampford Rocks, Sampford Brett – landslip – road closed
Dyche Road, Holford – flooding – road closed
It's sobering to go to see the flooding. I really feel for affected residents - and for the staff who've been helping out for weeks on end.— @ngargan_police 17 February 2014
If you’ve been affected by flooding, join Flood Group UK on Facebook to connect with others for support: http://t.co/uToWP9y9mD #floodaware— @EnvAgency 17 February 2014
HUNDREDS of people in Chard lost power this afternoon.
A Western Power Distribution spokesperson said: "220 customers were affected by third party damage at Mitchell Gardens shortly after 4pm today.
"Power was back on for 92 customers by 4.28pm and a further 127 customers regained power by 5pm.
"The housing estate in Mitchell Gardens, which we class as one customer, is still affected."
WE have had reports that homes and businesses in Chard have lost power.
Have you been affected? Get in touch by calling 01823-365104 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
MOTORISTS can expect long delays in Taunton town centre this rush hour.
Queues of traffic along Station Road in both directions, Priory Bridge Road and Bridge Street are gridlocked.
One motorist, Russell Williams, said it has taken him 30 minutes to drive from Deane House on Station Road to Morrisons supermarket.
PEOPLE affected by floodwater should take care when they get round to clearing up after the waters have receded due to the dangers of carbon monoxide and possible electrocution.
They are being warned not to use outdoor petrol or diesel generators indoors, even in the event of a power cut, as the exhaust fumes may contain carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space such as a home.
Also, after being flooded, people should remember not to turn on gas or electrics until they have been checked by a qualified technician.
Group manager Gavin Ellis, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “As the water recedes, residents may be tempted to get rid of it as quickly as possible, by buying or hiring their own pumps.
“All pumps should be used in conjunction with the manufacturer’s guidance as there could be safety implications if not used correctly. Fuel-driven pumps can produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal in a confined space. You can’t see or smell it, but it is extremely dangerous.”
Even low-levels of carbon monoxide poison can cause lasting damage to your health - symptoms are similar to the ’flu and can include nausea, dizziness, tiredness, headaches, stomach pains and chest pains.
Group Manager Ellis added: “If you experience these symptoms but feel better when you are outside or away from the appliance, you could be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Also, electrical pumps used where the power outlet is close to flood water could increase the risks of electrocution.”
AGENCIES working together to support those affected by the floods are asking parents to keep children away from floodwater this half term.
With rainfall set to continue this week, there is likely to be standing water in many locations while water levels on the Somerset Levels will remain high.
Officers working as part of the multi-agency operation on the Somerset Levels are concerned by the additional risks posed to children while they are not at school.
Station Manager Kevin Hardwill, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Unsupervised children and water do not mix. The added interest of the flooding on the Somerset Levels could lead to children exploring in areas which could put them in danger.
“We would ask parents to warn their children of the risks and to keep them away from floodwater.”
FIREFIGHTERS were called out to make safe the roofs of two homes in Derwent Grove, Taunton, after some unsafe tiles were reported.
Crews carried out the job at 11am today, Monday, using ladders and safety at height equipment.
@JustGiving @Somerset_CF Wow! £384,000 so far! Incredible support being shown for those affected by the #somersetfloods— @CarterPumps 17 February 2014
Somerset Community Foundation confirmed just now that donations to the Flood Relief Fund have reached £385,000.
The charity also has more donations to be processed that will push the total still higher.
They also want people in need to apply for funds - click here for details.
Among the recent donations is a £25,000 gift from Somerset Freemasons.
A Freemasons spokesman said: "Brethren from this and other provinces have been much moved by the hardships experienced by families, farms and communities on the Somerset Levels.
"It is clear that affected families, communities, farms and small businesses will face considerable challenges, distress and hardship for months to come.
"The Provincial Grand Master, Stuart Hadler, has set up the Somerset Masonic Flood Recovery Fund to provide financial support to those most in need over the coming months.
"He has set a target of £50,000. The Grand Charity has has very generously contributed £25,000. The Province of Somerset, £5,000.
"The Provincial Grand Master has received commitments from the Royal Arch and the Mark Masons of Somerset to support the Appeal. He is most grateful for that support and assistance.
"Many Lodges and Chapters have been raising funds to assist the flood recovery effort. The Provincial Grand Master is confident that Members will be motivated to assist in reaching the target and so help in meeting the needs of those who are in distress."
RT @dredgetherivers: #FLAG thanks @asda for more food donations for #somersetfloods http://t.co/fOFmDQko4i— @Aziz_Hafiz 17 February 2014
RT @dredgetherivers: Shocking aerial photo of Moorland village #somersetfloods http://t.co/1qFzqFIpyK— @CredUbridgwater 17 February 2014
A COLLECTION tub has been placed at the back of St Mary Magdalene Church to help the victims of the Somerset Levels floods.
The money will be directed through the Somerset Community Foundation.
A THIRD all-terrain vehicle has arrived in Somerset to help Oath residents stranded by rising floodwater.
Somerset County Council has procured the vehicle vehicle to join its fleet after Oath became the latest Somerset community to become marooned after flood waters rose last week.
Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Hall, said: “This new vehicle will join the two BV206 All-Terrain vehicles we already operate for residents from Muchelney, Huntworth and Moorland, as well as our humanitarian boat service.
"It will help transport Oath residents in and out of village, where waters are too deep for 4x4s, as well as delivery essential goods. We hope it will help the Oath community resume their normal daily lives as much as possible in these extremely challenging times.”
SUPPORT for farmers hit by the devastating floods has come from around the UK.
Fodder is being delivered day and night to a collection and distribution point set up by auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt at Sedgemoor Market.
The facility has been so busy that the NFU now wants farmers to pledge donations in advance so a co-ordinated approach can be taken and supplies spread over the coming weeks.
By last weekend, 160 tonnes of fodder and sugar beet, 29 tonnes of carrots, 29 tonnes of potatoes, and hundreds of tonnes of hay, straw and haylage were available for distribution.
Farm workers have been ‘lent’ to help at the collection centre and JCB has provided tractors and teleporters.
Fenland farmer George Munns arranged with a group of Cambridgeshire hauliers to deliver carrots and sugar beet from farms in his area assisted by Young Farmers.
Nathan Ponsillo, volunteering at Sedgemoor Market, said: “Farmers help each other - they stick together.
“We’ve also had tractors, trailers and teleporters donated to help deliver the donated fodder out to the places where all the animals have been relocated and the public are ringing into Greenslade Taylor Hunt with donations for the fund.”
Yorkshire farmers Phil Roebottom and Andrew Nicolson loaded up their tractor trailers with hay, straw, and haylage contributed by 15 local farmers and set off at 3am last Thursday, reaching Sedgemoor by late afternoon.
Mr Roebottom said: “We wanted to support the area. I felt the farmers weren’t getting enough support in Somerset and we thought we’d do something about it.”
Rebecca Pow, who is standing for the Conservatives in Taunton Deane at next year’s General Election, visited the operation.
She said: “The generosity of the farming community has been phenomenal, not least the two farmers who drove all the way from Yorkshire bringing fodder supplies.
“In typical farming fashion they’re all pulling together to help their industry and it’s wonderful to see.
“Greenslade Taylor Hunt are playing a great role too in providing the space for all the fodder to be gathered and then re-distributed.
“It’s going to be a long haul for many flood affected farmers and to know fellow farmers and members of the public are supporting them with their generous donations is invaluable.”