Somerset floods: county council invites ministers to see flood damage

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The road to Muchelney from Huish Episcopi is completely swamped. The road to Muchelney from Huish Episcopi is completely swamped.

GOVERNMENT ministers and flood experts have been invited to see first-hand the devastating effect flooding has had on Somerset.

Somerset County Council has invited ministers from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and members of the all-party Parliamentary group on flooding to visit marooned Muchelney, the currently closed A361 and the levels.

It is part of the campaign 'Fairer Funding for Somerset', calling for significant flood prevention investment in the county.

Council leader John Osman said: "We really want to show ministers just how bad it is in Somerset – and for a second year in a row.

"People want action, not words, and it is time the Government fronted up. We have provided a boat to help people in Muchelney, we have responded 24/7 as the flood waters rose, we have done everything in our power.

"But we still have people cut off, we still have major roads closed and we still have people stranded, worried and picking up the pieces of their life. The Government can, and must, put its hand in its pockets and step in.”

In pictures: Somerset floods, January 2014

 

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6:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

just put all the sponging MP's in the middle that should dry it up in no time at all!
just put all the sponging MP's in the middle that should dry it up in no time at all! nat_11

9:53am Tue 14 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

I support the SCC Leaders, comments and the call for more money, to ensure that this second successive year of extreme conditions are Managed, in the future, ahead of next winters storms and ever increasing weather patterns.
However, there needs to be a consencious effort to achieve an outcome, that is satisfactory to those households and Farms, and businesses that are affected.
The sea defences, have stood the challenge, in the main, it is the decisions as to how the E. Agency, are going to spend and prioritise the resources, that still worries me.
The decisions, to pump water onto the Middle moor! from the Tone, surely has an adverse effect, this action has increased the misery to those who are stranded in Muchelney and the surrounding area's of Langport etc.
I personally, spent my time whilst a Cllr! attending all to many Seminars, @ the Rugby Club in Taunton.
The R Parrett, has to be De-silted! the sludge / mud needs to be removed in large quantities, placed around the lowest banks, to allow, the extreme tidal surges to over breach In a controlled manner, so that the excess volumes are contained in landlocked lagoons! until natural drainage occurs! or at low tide the water can be pumped back into the River courses.
From what ,I see the E Agency using a digger on the banks to drag, little or nothing is a waste of money ,time and effort.
The r Parrett capacity, has to increase back to its capacity, before this silting up was allowed to happen.
It is no good doing what they did a few years ago having a barge! removing the silt! then dumping it in the mouth of the Parrett! for it to be washed up stream again! this they did! and the River is now narrower! than it was B4 the work commenced, by the thatchers @ BurrowBridge .
I support the SCC Leaders, comments and the call for more money, to ensure that this second successive year of extreme conditions are Managed, in the future, ahead of next winters storms and ever increasing weather patterns. However, there needs to be a consencious effort to achieve an outcome, that is satisfactory to those households and Farms, and businesses that are affected. The sea defences, have stood the challenge, in the main, it is the decisions as to how the E. Agency, are going to spend and prioritise the resources, that still worries me. The decisions, to pump water onto the Middle moor! from the Tone, surely has an adverse effect, this action has increased the misery to those who are stranded in Muchelney and the surrounding area's of Langport etc. I personally, spent my time whilst a Cllr! attending all to many Seminars, @ the Rugby Club in Taunton. The R Parrett, has to be De-silted! the sludge / mud needs to be removed in large quantities, placed around the lowest banks, to allow, the extreme tidal surges to over breach In a controlled manner, so that the excess volumes are contained in landlocked lagoons! until natural drainage occurs! or at low tide the water can be pumped back into the River courses. From what ,I see the E Agency using a digger on the banks to drag, little or nothing is a waste of money ,time and effort. The r Parrett capacity, has to increase back to its capacity, before this silting up was allowed to happen. It is no good doing what they did a few years ago having a barge! removing the silt! then dumping it in the mouth of the Parrett! for it to be washed up stream again! this they did! and the River is now narrower! than it was B4 the work commenced, by the thatchers @ BurrowBridge . Blue Owl

10:41am Tue 14 Jan 14

theyardy says...

Just what the Levels need, more men in suits out on a jolly, all expenses paid, to view the damage caused by other men in suits, who stopped the regular dredging of our rivers.
WHY can't our government spend a fraction of the money it gives out in foreign aid, on problems at home, like dredging many of our rivers.
Just what the Levels need, more men in suits out on a jolly, all expenses paid, to view the damage caused by other men in suits, who stopped the regular dredging of our rivers. WHY can't our government spend a fraction of the money it gives out in foreign aid, on problems at home, like dredging many of our rivers. theyardy

11:49am Thu 16 Jan 14

actionandy says...

All the defence and resilience measures in the world will NOT stop all the flooding. There should be an emphasis perhaps on recovering those actually flood damaged - thereby reducing the trauma, the overall cost and the environmental impacts due to questionable re instatement practices.
For those actually flooded, there is a Brtish Standard PAS 64 entitled Mitigation and recovery of water damaged property. This code of practice whould be followed by professional diligent initial restoration contractors - including those put in by the Insurers and Loss Adjusters. You can see and dowload an overview ofthe PAS 64 and use the working forms on the last pages:
Download here free:
http://www.actiondry
.co.uk/british-stand
ards-PAS-64.htm
All the defence and resilience measures in the world will NOT stop all the flooding. There should be an emphasis perhaps on recovering those actually flood damaged - thereby reducing the trauma, the overall cost and the environmental impacts due to questionable re instatement practices. For those actually flooded, there is a Brtish Standard PAS 64 entitled Mitigation and recovery of water damaged property. This code of practice whould be followed by professional diligent initial restoration contractors - including those put in by the Insurers and Loss Adjusters. You can see and dowload an overview ofthe PAS 64 and use the working forms on the last pages: Download here free: http://www.actiondry .co.uk/british-stand ards-PAS-64.htm actionandy

9:53am Fri 17 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

actionandy wrote:
All the defence and resilience measures in the world will NOT stop all the flooding. There should be an emphasis perhaps on recovering those actually flood damaged - thereby reducing the trauma, the overall cost and the environmental impacts due to questionable re instatement practices.
For those actually flooded, there is a Brtish Standard PAS 64 entitled Mitigation and recovery of water damaged property. This code of practice whould be followed by professional diligent initial restoration contractors - including those put in by the Insurers and Loss Adjusters. You can see and dowload an overview ofthe PAS 64 and use the working forms on the last pages:
Download here free:
http://www.actiondry

.co.uk/british-stand

ards-PAS-64.htm
Actionandy Says. Quote.
Yes you are correct, these Men in Suits need to visit our Flooded Areas to see for them selves, talk to the residents who are directly affected, by these floodwaters ingress ing their properties and Businesses.
I call for an Open Meeting, to be called by SCC and E Agency, to listen and actually take on board, info which like myself and others have been suggesting for years.......
Action, is now a Priority, there has been toooo much talking, not enough Prevention!!!!!
Policy decisions have been taken ,which have stopped Dredging, of the R Parrett, allowing water to be pumped onto Curry - Middle Moor, we already know that the Seven Sisters stretch is a flood Plain st aside specific, but when the water levels, cut of the road through and leave the villagers of Muchelney stranded, cut off with 5 foot of Flood water, all around, then Westonzoyland, under threat last week.
Is this all because, as I suspect excess water is being pumped from the R Tone, to save Precious Taunton from Flooding to the detriment of The Langport residents and surrounding Hamlets......Why Do We Not Get Responses, from Our Enquiries and these Posts, or do not SCC and the E Agency, read these Web Comments..........Da
vid L Preece
Former SDC Bridgwater. Somerset
[quote][p][bold]actionandy[/bold] wrote: All the defence and resilience measures in the world will NOT stop all the flooding. There should be an emphasis perhaps on recovering those actually flood damaged - thereby reducing the trauma, the overall cost and the environmental impacts due to questionable re instatement practices. For those actually flooded, there is a Brtish Standard PAS 64 entitled Mitigation and recovery of water damaged property. This code of practice whould be followed by professional diligent initial restoration contractors - including those put in by the Insurers and Loss Adjusters. You can see and dowload an overview ofthe PAS 64 and use the working forms on the last pages: Download here free: http://www.actiondry .co.uk/british-stand ards-PAS-64.htm[/p][/quote]Actionandy Says. Quote. Yes you are correct, these Men in Suits need to visit our Flooded Areas to see for them selves, talk to the residents who are directly affected, by these floodwaters ingress ing their properties and Businesses. I call for an Open Meeting, to be called by SCC and E Agency, to listen and actually take on board, info which like myself and others have been suggesting for years....... Action, is now a Priority, there has been toooo much talking, not enough Prevention!!!!! Policy decisions have been taken ,which have stopped Dredging, of the R Parrett, allowing water to be pumped onto Curry - Middle Moor, we already know that the Seven Sisters stretch is a flood Plain st aside specific, but when the water levels, cut of the road through and leave the villagers of Muchelney stranded, cut off with 5 foot of Flood water, all around, then Westonzoyland, under threat last week. Is this all because, as I suspect excess water is being pumped from the R Tone, to save Precious Taunton from Flooding to the detriment of The Langport residents and surrounding Hamlets......Why Do We Not Get Responses, from Our Enquiries and these Posts, or do not SCC and the E Agency, read these Web Comments..........Da vid L Preece Former SDC Bridgwater. Somerset Blue Owl

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