Somerset floods: Dry start to the weekend for many - but warnings still in place (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Somerset floods: Dry start to the weekend for many - but warnings still in place
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- Met Office predicts mostly dry Saturday.
- 'Major incident' still in place.
- Villagers hoping for respite.
- Some sporting fixtures still hit by the saturated conditions.
For updates from Sunday (January 26), click here.
Signing off for the night, let's hope it is not as bad as feared on Sunday morning.
i'll be back with updates throughout the day.
@westyeo #SomersetFloods now the flood signs flooded! #dredgetherivers http://t.co/4CnztmdEwt— @dredgetherivers 25 January 2014
9:36pm Sat 25 Jan 14
Rocky Rex says
The weather system bringing the rain for Sunday 26/1/2014 is a low-pressure system with a central pressure of around 940 millibars.
The Met Office website says that pressures below 950 mb are 'rare'; we had 3 similar systems around the last week of December, and we have another one now. So how rare?
Pressures below 950mb have been recorded at UK weather stations about 30 times in the last 200 years:
(this reference was sent to me by the Met Office in reply to an e-mail I sent them asking about these very low pressures that are appearing recently)
I heard one Somerset resident say that they were flooded out in 2000 and were told it was a 'once a century event'. Now they are flooded again.
And basically, the wind events that we have seen since the 'St Jude storm' are unprecedented for the UK.
Flood water is not Spring water http://t.co/1o5B7TNisJ— @Duncan_McGinty 25 January 2014
Please do not attempt to drive through floodwater. Picture shows the Road Closed sign removed but not the water! http://t.co/t946hKeVV9— @Duncan_McGinty 25 January 2014
Temp above zero no winter action tonight. Showers this afternoon will die out and mainly dry overnight. Heavy rain tomorrow.— @somersetgritter 25 January 2014
Still not much rain around these parts fortunately, but remember the Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain for Sunday between 6am and 2pm.
A forecaster said: "More heavy rain will spread east across the area on Sunday. Given the current disruption on the Somerset Levels, the public should be prepared for further flooding."
10-20mm of rain expected on saturated ground on Sunday.Somerset Levels,should "be prepared for further flooding". http://t.co/rstLb3A2MV— @WestoverLabour 25 January 2014
Good FRS support for Ambulance/Health Service in Somerset levels combining home fire safety visits to check people have medicines they need— @PeterHollandCBE 25 January 2014
Despite all of the warnings and road closed signs why do people still drive through flood water? My experience today http://t.co/KQC6mBBUzB— @DS_FireSafe 25 January 2014
There are eight flood warnings and 18 flood alerts in place now.
For flooding advice, see the Environment Agency website.
Our officers and staff have been visiting residents affected by and at risk of flooding in #somersetlevels today— @ASPolice 25 January 2014
We’ve been listening to concerns, offering advice & checking on the welfare of people living in #somersetlevels as flooding issue continues— @ASPolice 25 January 2014
Thinking of those in foods tonight. Secr of State visiting tomorrow, lets have action @dredgetherivers @fuimus @Telegraph— @pow_rebecca 25 January 2014
We have specialist off road appliances and rescue boats strategically located ready to provide a response capability to affected properties.— @DSFireUpdates 25 January 2014
Fresh tactical team at helm for #Somersetlevels flood relief & care Ace work @SomersetCouncil @swasFT @DSFireUpdates @ASPolice @EnvAgency— @DerekMucker 25 January 2014
"@dredgetherivers: #SomersetFloods aerial photo from 11/1/14: just as bad 2 weeks later http://t.co/xyfMsFIEXC"— @spencer68 25 January 2014
#SomersetLevels #SomersetFloods @EnvAgencySW http://t.co/y6unliDZIw— @JohnnyOddie 24 January 2014
Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger is appealing to the Government to send in troops to avert a “catastrophe" on the levels.
The Environment Agency says it has 70 pumps at Northmoor and Saltmoor working to remove water from the levels.
This is just in from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service:
"Through a pre-arranged agreement with South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Fire Service Control mobilised the specialist rescue team from Bridgwater for the use of their boat when called by the ambulance service to assist their crews to gain access to a casualty in a flooded area in Moorland, Bridgwater.
"On arrival at the scene crews gave assistance to the adult female casualty until the arrival of specialist ambulance crews."
Additional 24inch pumps being installed at Northmoor Pumping Station today #SomersetFloods #SomersetLevels http://t.co/lDmpQlKtVS— @waterlevels 25 January 2014
The inland Somerset sea as seen from the 8.51 to Wigan#FACup journey http://t.co/iThFnLmKzg— @sethconwayitv 25 January 2014
This Landsat image courtesy of metdesk.com shows the scale of the flooding in Somerset.
Warning: Those in Bridgwater should look away now!
BARB Search and Rescue says it is currently on standby to provide more support to flood-hit communities if needed.
When waters first rose, rescuers were on hand to ferry vital supplies to Muchelney.
He described that spell as probably the busiest of the charity's 21 year history.
We are continuing to pump on the levels as much as is possible, with fifteen additional pumps in operation on #Northmoor and #Saltmoor— @EnvAgencySW 25 January 2014
More rain forecast for tomorrow morning. We are monitoring rivers and groundwater closely but don't expect levels to rise. #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 25 January 2014
@stoltz34 no plans to use high volume pumps at the moment. We are concentrating on helping vulnerable residents and checking all are ok— @DSFireUpdates 25 January 2014
Fire crews continue to knock on doors to map affected residents and identify those who are most vulnerable on #SomersetLevels— @DSFireUpdates 25 January 2014
This is the condition of prime Somerset farm land at present. We need more action to stop the flooding http://t.co/VUxLNQNBTQ— @JDOsman1 25 January 2014
Floody rubbish near Moorland Northmoor: pollution from flooding a major concern #SomersetFloods http://t.co/4lc1xMzkp9— @dredgetherivers 25 January 2014
John Osman Leader of @SomersetCouncil supporting FLAG #dredgetherivers #SomersetFloods @westyeo @BBCNews @itvnews http://t.co/TIRBrgoEXq— @dredgetherivers 25 January 2014
The Environment Agency said 8mm of rain fell on Friday, with a further 4mm expected today and 13mm on Sunday.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain on Sunday saying people living on the Somerset Levels should "be prepared for further flooding".
Pumping will continue on #SomersetLevels but #floodwater will not clear for some time. We need period of two weeks without any rain!— @DSFireUpdates 25 January 2014
A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Through an arrangement with Somerset County Council, we have been providing a boat service to the village of Muchelney which has been cut off for over two weeks by the large area floods across the Somerset levels.
"The fire and rescues crews role has included transporting schoolchildren, the postman, transporting people who may have hospital appointments. The boat has taken vital supplies, including 800 litres of heating oil as well as daily newspapers.
"Villagers have said they feel well looked after by the emergency services, but they are of course concerned for other people whose houses have flooded for the second and third time in two years."
In response to the ongoing flooding issues which continue to affect communities across the Somerset Levels, a tactical command group has been established representing the emergency services, local authorities, health organisations and utilities for the area.
The main areas affected by the floods are: Muchelney, Thorney, Oath, North Moor, Moorland and Curry Moor.
Fire crews will be gathering information on behalf of all agencies in order to develop a detailed needs assessment throughout the weekend.
The Environment Agency has reportedly said another pump will be sent to Northmoor on the Somerset Levels.
More bad weather forecast for tomorrow. Feeling for the poor people marooned by flood waters for weeks now #SomersetLevels— @MAGENTARED 25 January 2014
#SomersetLevels Good old fashion practice of dredging the rivers may not have stopped flooding,but would have helped.Just ask the old timers— @MAGENTARED 25 January 2014
According to our weather page, there is a 7% chance of rain - much more promising than 24 hours ago!
Moving cattle out today due to the flooding - James http://t.co/SnxVJ4EX07— @SouthWestFarm 22 January 2014
Dear Mr Cameron The good people of Somerset demand an enquiry NOW! We don’t need words but action! #somersetlevels— @MrsAitchBee 25 January 2014
Good to see the #somersetfloods prominently in the news now. Hopefully it will help trigger action.— @MikeSRigby 25 January 2014
Sorry to read of the extremely serious flooding in Somerset. Major incident status now declared. Thoughts are with you. #somersetfloods— @57deacon 25 January 2014
As you can see below, Bridgwater Town FC's match has been called off. Taunton Town's game has also been postponed following an inspection this morning.
Today's game vs Shortwood town has been postponed due to waterlogged pitch. Yesterday's heavy rain didn't help.... http://t.co/PcCArBvsLH— @OfficialBTFC84 25 January 2014
Following yesterday's 'major incident' declaration, the Local Resilience Forum's Strategic Co-ordination Group (SCG) met yesterday afternoon to ensure there is a co-ordinated multi-agency response to the ongoing flooding issues affecting communities in Somerset.
The meeting, chaired by Ass Ch Con of Avon and Somerset Police Louisa Rolfe involved:
- Local authorities
- Emergency services including fire, ambulance and police
- NHS and Public Health England
- Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
- Bristol Water
- Western Power
- Environment Agency
- The Met Office
The SCG set up a Gold group to evaluate the work which has already taken place over the past couple of weeks and to oversee and co-ordinate the provision of support to people living in communities seriously affected by flooding.
The group agreed to explore all options available to support the communities, including bringing in resources from outside the local authority area.
The group will continue to meet over the weekend to monitor the situation.
GOOD morning. Many of us are waking up to a little bit of sunshine today (January 25) but the 'major incident' declared by Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council yesterday is still active.
Some eight flood warnings and 21 flood alerts are currently in place by the Environment Agency for the region, as those on the Somerset Levels hope to get through the weekend without suffering any further misery.
On the roads, the A361 at Burrowbridge is still closed as is the Long Load Bridge in Long Load, South Somerset.
The Met Office forecast is predicting a cloudy Saturday for many with sunny intervals, but hopefully the rain will stay away.
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