THE Environment Agency has reduced the amount of water on the Somerset Levels following last week’s heavy rainfall.

Pumping stations are pumping water into the rivers as levels have reduced sufficiently.

John Rowlands, of the Environment Agency, said: "The risk of property flooding has now passed and we have to deal with the significant amount of water which is now stored in the flood plain on the Somerset levels.

"Due to the nature of Somerset and historic drainage practices, the only way this water can be removed is by pumping."

People are being urged to register with the flood warning service by calling Floodline on 0845-9881188.