FLOODS LATEST: Rail lines underwater at Bridgwater with new flood warnings along River Parrett (Sat, Feb 8)

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  • Trains between Taunton and Bristol cancelled
  • Further bad weather expected today
  • New flood warnings along River Parrett
  • Water levels are rising at about 5mm an hour at Moorland and Fordgate

10:21pm

 

10:20pm

9:03pm

Up to £1000 grants are available to victims of the floods through the Somerset Emergency Flood Relief and Recovery Fund.

The fund, set up by Somerset Community Foundation, has been created through donations from individuals and companies, including $50,000 from Somerset County Council.

Over £130,000 has been raised so far from 1,194 separate donations.

Grants can be given to help alleviate financial hardship caused by the flooding in Somerset.

Priority will be given to people over 70, children under five, people with physical or learning disabilities or mental health needs, those from low income families or in receipt of job seekers allowance.

The grants can be used for cleaning up and emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, beds and bedding, basic furniture, temporary accommodation costs and more.

To apply for a grant, apply to the Somerset Community Foundation.

You can donate to the funa £10 via text by texting NOAH95 to 70070, or you can send a cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation with Flood Relief written on the back to Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN, or donate online through the Somerset Community Foundation just giving page.

7:31pm

7:29pm

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

10 Downing Street has just released this official statement on the Somerset flooding situation.

"Specialist pumping equipment has been ordered to clear roads, in addition to the extra pumps government has already sent, and they will keep looking at all options for pumping and dredging.

"But no amount of pumping will solve the current problem completely because the land is so saturated, so dredging will start as soon as the waters recede enough for it to be safe to do so.

"In addition, demountable flood defences and sandbags are being given out and the Agency continues to clear waterways to ensure as many properties as possible are protected.

"Work has already begun on an action plan to deliver robust defences against floods in Somerset over the next 20 years."

5:39pm

5:17pm

5:13pm

NO routes to the West Country are open to trains this afternoon due to flooding on the Somerset Levels and a landslip at Crewkerne, Network Rail has confirmed.

It added:

  • The route from Bridgwater is blocked by the flooded River Parrett to the south of the town, while the main line from Castle Cary is blocked by flooding at Athelney.
  • The diversionary route via Yeovil is also blocked by an embankment landslip at Crewkerne. This was discovered soon after 9am this morning but it has now deteriorated to the extent that trains are no longer able to run.
  • It is likely that the slip at Crewkerne will be closed for a least a week, but it is too early to say when the line through Bridgwater will reopen. The floods are currently being blown into waves by the high winds in the area, which are washing away the stones the track rests on.
  • The route via Athelney is under water but will be assessed as soon as the flood level drops.
  • Work at the damaged sea wall at Dawlish, on the Devon coast, is progressing well in 6-hour shifts, in between high tides.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel for the rest of the weekend, either with their operator or at www.nationalrail.co.uk

4:25pm

3:47pm

3:44pm

An update on the main stories:

Further wind and rain is expected to hit the already flooded areas around Somerset. The Met Office is warning against persistent rain on Saturday night and early on Sunday, with wind speeds of up to 80mph.

Train lines between Taunton and Bristol are closed due to the track being underwater between Taunton and Bridgwater. Trains between Taunton and Castle Cary are also cancelled due to flooding.

Severe flood warnings remain in place in Moorland and on the A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge. The water levels in Moorland raised by 7mm overnight with police warning against the water rising further throughout the day.

A rest centre at Westfield Church in Bridgwater is open 24/7 for victims of the flooding. The rest centre has been so overwhelmed with support from the community that they no longer need any more food and drink donations. 

2:20pm

11:32am

Water levels have risen in Moorland by 7mm overnight with levels continuing to rise.

Sedgemoor District Council are advising that all but essential travel should be avoided as the area is largely inaccessible to normal vehicles.

The rest centre at Westfield Church, West street, Bridgwater is still open on a 24/7 basis.

There is food, drink, showers and toilets available and  a children's play space. Domestic pets are accepted (cats need to be in suitable carriers).

If you require advice on the movement of animals (livestock, domestic and/or exotic pets) please call Avon and Somerset Police on 101.

11:29am

11:23am

Following a pitch inspection at 11am, the Bridgwater and Albion match today versus North Petherton is going ahead.

11:15am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater, has re-iterated his stance that the Environment Agency has let the people of Somerset down.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "The Environment Agency has just failed us on every level.

"The EA people on the ground are superb but, I'm sorry, but we've been let down by London and Lord Smith is head of this.

"If he had any shred of decency he would say I'm really sorry. I've got this wrong. I'll hang my hat and we'll go and get someone in in who can do it.

"On the ground they're working hard. Up in London, I don't know what they're doing."

10:47am

Tesco is offering to lend farmers trucks to transport their animals.

Tom Hind, Tesco director of agriculture, said: “We know the terrible impact the floods have had on some farmers in Somerset and want to do what we can to help.

"We have heard that some farmers have struggled to find vehicles to deliver the feed they need for their animals, so we’re making our truck fleet available to any farmer who needs transportation.

"If you are a farmer in need of support, please call us on 0800 072 6684.”

10:20am

10:00am

Bridgwater Town's game versus Thatcham has also been called off due to waterlogged pitch.

9:40am

Taunton Town's game against Bishops Cleeve today has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The club carried out a pitch inspection at 9am today and decided the pitch was unplayable.

Bridgwater and Albion rugby club's game today against North Petherton is subject to a pitch inspection at 11am to see if the game can go ahead.

9:35am

9:26am

WHILE there is likely to be a mix of heavy showers and light rain throughout our area today, wind is also likely to be a problem, particularly in coastal areas.

The Met Office says 50mph gusts are expected in Minehead and speeds of around 40mph in Burnham.

9:22am

Useful numbers for anyone wanting to donate aid to flood victims:

Flood relief fund run by Somerset Community Foundation: 01749 344949.

Food can be taken to the rest centre in Bridgwater but CALL FIRST on 0845 4082540 (8am to 6pm).

Red Cross relief effort in Taunton: 01823 363070.

To offer help to farmers or livestock, call the police on the non-emergency number of 101.

8:39am

Police say water levels are rising at about 5mm an hour at Moorland and Fordgate this morning.

The area has had rain every day since December 23, 2013.

8:14am

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8:13am

7:39am

A new flood warning is in place along the River Parrett from South Perrott to Thorney.

Up to 17 mm of rainfall fell over the River Parrett during Friday with another 10 mm of rainfall forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

River levels on the River Parrett at Chiselborough and River Parrett at Gawbridge are rising.

Severe flood warnings remain in place for Salt Moor and North Moor including Moorland and on the A361 from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.

The Met Office is warning that frequent heavy showers and some bands of more persistent rain is likely to hit Somerset again today, alongside winds of up to 80mph along coastal areas.

7:18am

Flooding on the rail lines at Bridgwater means that trains are currently unable to run between Bridgwater, Castle Cary and Taunton.

Trains that run from Exeter from the north will stop at Bristol or Weston.

Trains between Castle Cary and Taunton are also suspended. Services may be diverted via Bath or terminate at Castle Cary.

A bus replacement service will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton.

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9:22am Sat 8 Feb 14

Chelsea99 says...

We r going to taunton on the 17th by train ,then we get the. 28bus to minehead , can u tell me if the bus s running due to the. Floods in somerset pls
We r going to taunton on the 17th by train ,then we get the. 28bus to minehead , can u tell me if the bus s running due to the. Floods in somerset pls Chelsea99
  • Score: -7

3:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

xxmatronxx says...

Surely it's Liddell Grainger who should be resigning. How long has he been our MP and what has he done for us??? He only shows his face when there is a media opportunity. It is as much his fault for the state of our County as anyone elses. Some representative he is.
Surely it's Liddell Grainger who should be resigning. How long has he been our MP and what has he done for us??? He only shows his face when there is a media opportunity. It is as much his fault for the state of our County as anyone elses. Some representative he is. xxmatronxx
  • Score: 7

6:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

clivemasbury says...

The real villain is begining to emerge,Chris Smith said yesterday they could not do anymore because the Treasury had stopped any further finance,now money is coming from everywhere including £10 Million from David Cameron via the very office that stopped the Enviro Dept,yes a full dredge will happen,so everyone needs to pin the real culprit and its in fact,DAVID CAMERON as Prime Minister,borne out by the interview a few minutes by Richard Benyon asacked enviro Minister.
The real villain is begining to emerge,Chris Smith said yesterday they could not do anymore because the Treasury had stopped any further finance,now money is coming from everywhere including £10 Million from David Cameron via the very office that stopped the Enviro Dept,yes a full dredge will happen,so everyone needs to pin the real culprit and its in fact,DAVID CAMERON as Prime Minister,borne out by the interview a few minutes by Richard Benyon asacked enviro Minister. clivemasbury
  • Score: 2

8:46pm Sat 8 Feb 14

lordgodalmighty says...

Dredging was stopped in 1998 - how can that be david cameron's fault ? He was not much more than a twinkle in the milkmans eye back then !
Dredging was stopped in 1998 - how can that be david cameron's fault ? He was not much more than a twinkle in the milkmans eye back then ! lordgodalmighty
  • Score: 4

10:40pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Railway Station says...

Its Railway Lines under water! Not train lines!
Its Railway Lines under water! Not train lines! Railway Station
  • Score: 2

7:46pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Jamie225 says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.
Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer. Jamie225
  • Score: 2

7:46pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Jamie225 says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.
Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer. Jamie225
  • Score: 1

8:21am Mon 10 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Maybe if we had all voted for the Socialist Party none of this would have happened.
Just thought I would post that before the local Red Fred gets on here politicising the wet weather.
Maybe if we had all voted for the Socialist Party none of this would have happened. Just thought I would post that before the local Red Fred gets on here politicising the wet weather. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 2

8:49am Mon 10 Feb 14

awayswing says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Maybe if we had all voted for the Socialist Party none of this would have happened.
Just thought I would post that before the local Red Fred gets on here politicising the wet weather.
The SCC and the government neglect and indifference toward the Somerset levels should be criticised by everybody;I hope that this fiasco will not be forgotten at the ballot box in future years.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Maybe if we had all voted for the Socialist Party none of this would have happened. Just thought I would post that before the local Red Fred gets on here politicising the wet weather.[/p][/quote]The SCC and the government neglect and indifference toward the Somerset levels should be criticised by everybody;I hope that this fiasco will not be forgotten at the ballot box in future years. awayswing
  • Score: 0

11:44am Mon 10 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

awayswing wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
Maybe if we had all voted for the Socialist Party none of this would have happened.
Just thought I would post that before the local Red Fred gets on here politicising the wet weather.
The SCC and the government neglect and indifference toward the Somerset levels should be criticised by everybody;I hope that this fiasco will not be forgotten at the ballot box in future years.
I was being facetious.
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Maybe if we had all voted for the Socialist Party none of this would have happened. Just thought I would post that before the local Red Fred gets on here politicising the wet weather.[/p][/quote]The SCC and the government neglect and indifference toward the Somerset levels should be criticised by everybody;I hope that this fiasco will not be forgotten at the ballot box in future years.[/p][/quote]I was being facetious. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 0

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