Somerset County Council have today announced plans of £20 million to prevent future flooding on the Somerset Levels. The schemes would include seeing a road raised near Muchelney which would prevent the village being cut off by flood water again. At a news conference this morning the Council said many of the schemes it is proposing could be started and finished before the end of the year.
The proposals include:
- £1.6m to rebuild and resurface roads using more flood resilient surfacing where required
- £4m for a joint County Council and Environment Agency Scheme at the A372 to raise the road, install sluice gates and enlarge the culvert under the road for the river Sowy
- £5.5m to surface dress approximately 250km of roads where damage has not been severe
- £2.4m for resurfacing approximately 20km of damaged roads
- £1.5m for patching to repair the remaining worst potholed areas of roads
- £400k for drainage
- £1m for a deep clean of the drainage system and verge works to manage water flow
- £500k to stabilise and reconstruct embankments.
You can see more of how the council plan to spend the money here
You can watch our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland's report on the flood plan below: