Flood volunteers praised by leader of council

Bridgwater Mercury: Flood volunteers praised by leader of council Flood volunteers praised by leader of council

THE leader of Somerset County Council has praised the work of Somerset’s army of willing flood relief volunteers.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers Week, which runs from 1 to 7 June and celebrates the fantastic contributions that volunteers make across the country.

Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr John Osman said: “Earlier in the year, parts of Somerset experienced major flooding when the value of our volunteers was there for the world to see.

“Communities pulling together to work along-side public services and other organisations in a time of crisis; they were, and still are, absolutely fantastic.

“I want to thank all of the volunteers who contribute so much to their communities and their county. “Volunteers are unsung heroes who step-up to the mark on a daily basis across Somerset and truly are the heartbeat of our county.”

Somerset Emergency Volunteers are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers Week with the support of Somerset County Council.

SEV has been set up with funding from Somerset County Council and is now coordinating flood volunteers who have been clearing flood-damaged properties, streams, flood damaged gardens, removed trees, cleared hedges and ditches.

Paula Blight, Chief Officer from Mendip Community Support said: “The volunteers have been a lifeline to the community here on The Levels – other parts of the country flooded but it was only Somerset where communities worked together, the volunteers are a brilliant example of the valuable contribution volunteers can make.”

For more information visit: www.scvolunteering.com or www.do-it.org.uk.

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8:16pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Blue Owl says...

Whilst I am able to agree with the Leader of SCC in his praise for the Great work done by the Volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last 4-5 months, in helping the Victims of the Floods, in The Villages around Bridgwater.
However, the 20 year Plan, seems already flawed, the Dredging does not appear to be Complete Dredging as many of us have Called for. But only minimal either side of BurrowBridge.
We, and the Somerset Drainage Board Consortium, believe that the River Parrett needs to be dredged from, The Estuary @ BOS up the River too Langport., now and again as and when needed. I have also written suggesting that the Pumps be kept in place ready to use as Pre-Emptive Stratagy for future flooding issues. The E Agency spending on Wetland Directives from the E U, rather than Preventative Flood Prevention matters is just short of Criminal.
The cost of Dredging, £5 Million The cost to the Insurance Payouts so far in excess of £ 550 Million and much more.
SCC plans to Relay the road from Othery -Taunton at what Cost ????, spend the monies on the Pre flooding of our Levels and Moors, pump the Water off quicker ,into the King Sedgemoor Drain. Create new channels to disperse the flood water. The reason the water spilled on to the Moors and Levels was because The E Agency Lowered the Spill way and did not dredge the R, Parrett and Tones. Despite being Reccommended to do so by the IDB in Feb 2013. After the 2012 Floodings.
If the Dredging and Fluvial water handling is put in place then we shall not have the issues again this year.
The Minimal Dredging, will allow the E Agency to tell us next year, that they Dredged and it made no difference, that they Knew Best All along. Please do not allow this to be the case !!! They Must Dredge the Entire River, to give the Capacity back to 1960 's Volumes.
Heighten the Banks, create Lagoons to take excess out of the River on Flood Tides, manage and prevent , Rather than always be clearing up after the event.
DavidL Preece
Blue -Owl
Whilst I am able to agree with the Leader of SCC in his praise for the Great work done by the Volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last 4-5 months, in helping the Victims of the Floods, in The Villages around Bridgwater. However, the 20 year Plan, seems already flawed, the Dredging does not appear to be Complete Dredging as many of us have Called for. But only minimal either side of BurrowBridge. We, and the Somerset Drainage Board Consortium, believe that the River Parrett needs to be dredged from, The Estuary @ BOS up the River too Langport., now and again as and when needed. I have also written suggesting that the Pumps be kept in place ready to use as Pre-Emptive Stratagy for future flooding issues. The E Agency spending on Wetland Directives from the E U, rather than Preventative Flood Prevention matters is just short of Criminal. The cost of Dredging, £5 Million The cost to the Insurance Payouts so far in excess of £ 550 Million and much more. SCC plans to Relay the road from Othery -Taunton at what Cost ????, spend the monies on the Pre flooding of our Levels and Moors, pump the Water off quicker ,into the King Sedgemoor Drain. Create new channels to disperse the flood water. The reason the water spilled on to the Moors and Levels was because The E Agency Lowered the Spill way and did not dredge the R, Parrett and Tones. Despite being Reccommended to do so by the IDB in Feb 2013. After the 2012 Floodings. If the Dredging and Fluvial water handling is put in place then we shall not have the issues again this year. The Minimal Dredging, will allow the E Agency to tell us next year, that they Dredged and it made no difference, that they Knew Best All along. Please do not allow this to be the case !!! They Must Dredge the Entire River, to give the Capacity back to 1960 's Volumes. Heighten the Banks, create Lagoons to take excess out of the River on Flood Tides, manage and prevent , Rather than always be clearing up after the event. DavidL Preece Blue -Owl Blue Owl
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