6 months on from the worst flooding on the Somerset levels in a generation, work continues to stop it happening again. So far the dredgers have removed more than 120,000 tonnes from the Rivers Parrett and Tone. The Environment Agency today said that the project to clear an 8 kilometre stretch is running on time and should be complete by the end of October.
The government has dug deep - Reshaping the riverbanks is costing more than a million pounds a mile. Eight crews using specially equipped diggers are following a new outline to increase the capacity of the River tone and Parrett by a third.
The work which started in April is making up for years of no dredging and poor maintenance and marks the start of a twenty year plan to prevent severe flooding.
John Stiles home backs on to the River Tone where work has halted briefly after the discovery of water voles in the area which have to moved on but he hopes the dredging will make a difference.
The contractors remain confident that they'll be finished by late autumn but ultimately the Environment Agency knows a new waterway will to be have to be created to avoid a repeat of last winters scenes and allow more rain water to escape. For now sandbags remain.