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David Cameron: Restoring Dawlish line 'absolutely vital'

David Cameron has hailed the rebuilding of the rail line at Dawlish in Devon as "absolutely vital" to the local economy.

The Prime Minister praised what he called an "engineering triumph" and promised that money would be made available for further transport schemes in the south-west.

Read: Flood destroyed Dawlish rail line reopens

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Flood damaged Dawlish line reopens

After weeks of work by a 300-strong team, Network Rail (NR) has been able to restore the badly-damaged line at Dawlish in Devon.

Then: the Dawlish line on 5th February this year.
Then: The Dawlish line on 5th February this year. Credit: PA Wire

The coast-hugging line at Dawlish bore the brunt of the severe weather this winter, with the sea wall breached and the line badly damaged on 4th February.

This led to the line linking Exeter St Davids with Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Penzance to close and saw the start of a huge repair job by NR.Large teams of workers moved in to start the massive clear up.

Now: The Dawlish line on 12th March.
Now: The Dawlish line on 12th March. Credit: PA Wire

Noah stars are all at sea at movie's UK premiere

Russell Crowe and Emma Watson were among the stars in London tonight for the premiere of Noah.

Emma Watson dazzles in a white Ralph Lauren gown at the UK premiere of Noah.
Emma Watson dazzles in a white Ralph Lauren gown at the UK premiere of Noah. Credit: Jon Furniss/Invision/AP

Rather than the traditional red, the cast walked down a carpet made to look like the crashing waves of the biblical flood.

Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman at London's Leicester Square.
Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman at London's Leicester Square. Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Crowe's friend and Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman also made an appearance, much to the delight of crowds lining Leicester Square.

British actor Douglas Booth, who plays Noah's eldest son Shem, takes to the carpet.
British actor Douglas Booth, who plays Noah's eldest son Shem, takes to the carpet. Credit: Douglas Booth

Jennifer Connelly, who wore an Alexander McQueen dress, agreed with Crowe that making a movie of Noah's tale was "an intense experience".

Logan Lerman, Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone and Douglas Booth
Logan Lerman, Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone and Douglas Booth. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Noah opens in UK cinemas on April 4.

Read: Russell Crowe turned down for meeting with the Pope over Noah movie

Dredging begins across flooded Somerset

The UN biggest study into the impact of climate change released today warned severe flooding will be more frequent as the effects of climate change are felt across the globe.

Read: Global experts warn global warming damage 'severe, pervasive and irreversible'

Governments have been urged to prepare for the risks of climate change such as higher sea levels, and adapt to the changing weather patterns it may bring.

In Somerset today residents celebrated as dredging started in the River Parret, as part of the Environment Agency's 'Flood Action Plan'. Measures such as dredging could become more common, as Dan Rivers reports.

Read: Relief for Somerset Levels residents as dreding begins

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Dredging begins in flooded areas of Somerset

Dredging is underway on the the flood-hit Somerset Moors and Levels this morning.

Workers from Land & Water dredging the River Parrett Credit: ITV News West Country

Work is beginning on a 200-yard stretch on the River Parrett, before excavators start on a five-mile stretch of river near Burrowbridge.

The work is on a key part of the river which has been specially identified for dredging and where "significant amounts" of silt have built up, the Environment Agency has said.

The River Parrett has built up 'significant amounts' of silt Credit: ITV News West Country

Local campaigners and residents have blamed the extent of the crisis on a lack of dredging on the River Tone and River Parrett.

Gav Sadler, of Flooding on the Levels Action Group (Flag), said the dredging was "a very encouraging sight, but is just the beginning."

Local campaigners have criticised a lack of dredging of rivers in Somerset Credit: ITV News West Country

"We would like to see all the rivers dredged," he went on. "Another issue is we don't know the quality of the dredging they are going to do.

"We would like to see a little bit of transparency from the Environment Agency," he added. "This affects our lives, we want to make sure they do a proper job."

Land & Water removing silt from the River Parrett today Credit: ITV News West Country

Environment Agency begins dredging Somerset Levels

The Environment Agency will begin dredging river beds in Somerset today as part of wider Government plans to clear up flood hit parts of the country.

Watch: Tonight: After the Floods

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Water surrounds flooded properties on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater in February this year. Credit: PA

Read: £20m flooding protection plan for Somerset Levels

Initial work on a 200-metre stretch of the River Parrett will get underway at 9am, ahead of dredging of an eight kilometre stretch of river near where the Tone and Parrett meet at Burrowbridge.

Dredging - where silt and bottom sediment is removed from the riverbed - is part of the Government's £100m 20 Year Flood Action Plan.

The Environment Agency came under huge criticism for failing to dredge the rivers that drain the floodwaters after the south of England was battered by storms.

Flooding throughout December and January of this year is thought to have affected 6,500 homes and businesses as well as leaving some villages completely cut off from the outside world.

Read: Statistics watchdog: 'Flood defence spending cut by £247m'

Welsh mine manager goes on trial over 2011 pit deaths

The trial has begun of a mine manager accused of causing the deaths of four miners in South Wales in 2011 when an explosion caused their pit to flood.

Malcolm Fyfield, who was in charge of the Gleision Colliery and who managed to crawl to safety after the accident, denies manslaughter.

ITV News Wales and West of England Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.

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