Dredging the Cripps River Environment Agency for Somerset Rivers AuthorityWork has begun on dredging the Cripps River on the Somerset Levels, as part of a Somerset Rivers Authority plan to improve flood defences across the county. Desilting of the full 1.6miles of the Cripps is being done by the Environment Agency on behalf of Somerset Rivers Authority, with long-reach excavators being used on both banks by a team of four. The Cripps connects the River Brue with the Huntspill, just down to the south-east of the M5 near Highbridge and up to the north-east of Bridgwater. Full story: Read more

South Somerset District Council to host meeting to reassure communities on flooding

SSDCSouth Somerset District Council will be holding a meeting for local communities, to provide reassurance and information on flooding as the winter approaches. It is one of several district meetings being held around Somerset as part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan, set up after the extreme floods last winter, at the Government’s request. South Somerset District Council, a partner organisation in the Flood Action Plan, is holding its district meeting on Monday 24 November 2014 at Huish Episcopi Academy 6th Form Auditorium, Wincanton Road, Langport TA10 9SS from 7:00pm – 9:00pm (arrivals from 6:30pm). Full story: Read more

Grants still available to reduce risk of flooding

Flood Grants.pngHome owners and businesses in Mendip who were directly affected by flooding last winter are being reminded they can still apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to help reduce the risk of flooding of their properties in the future. The Government-funded Repair and Renew Grant scheme can provide grants for additional flood resilience or flood resistance measures for homes and businesses that have been hit by the floods, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Full story: Read more