Bradford on Avon's flood defences hold firm

Flood warnings remain in place across large parts of the region as the West Country once again takes a battering from winter storms. Flood defences at Bradford on Avon have so far proved successful.

Flood defences hold at Bradford on Avon

The rising waters of the Avon are held back by flood defences Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Flood defences at Bradford on Avon have so far held, preventing a repeat of the kind of flooding seen at Christmas in the Wiltshire town. But a flood warning remains in place for the area.

Defences hold back waters near the Swan Hotel Credit: ITV News Westcountry

This morning the Environment Agency said river levels were stable but could rise further in response to forecast rainfaill.

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Big response to flood appeal fund

An appeal set up to help victims of flooding on the Somerset Levels has raised more than £125,000 in just a few days. The fund set up by the Somerset Community Foundation aims to provide emergency relief grants to families flooded out of their homes.

It will also help with with longer term support for businesses and communities that are affected. More details here.

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Environment Agency chief to visit Somerset Levels

The Chair of the Environment Agency Lord Smith will visit Somerset tomorrow:

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Flood prevention scheme for Congresbury Yeo

As the region deals with severe flooding, Weston-super-Mare's MP John Penrose has confirmed that the Congresbury Yeo Tidal Banks scheme has been approved for construction in 2014/15.

John Penrose MP Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Mr Penrose said: “This is great news for local residents. Weston’s new flood defences have done a great job in keeping us a great deal drier than the rest of Somerset, but if the old defences on the Congresbury Yeo give way, the floods could take all the villages between

Sand Bay & Congresbury itself, including parts of Worle. So it’s great news they’ll be strengthened and improved. A stitch in time, as the saying goes.

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Farage: Aid spending should be diverted for UK flooding

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that Britain's spending on foreign aid should be diverted to help deal with the flooding crisis in the UK.

He said: "Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that a government's primary duty is to the well-being of its own citizens."

Describing the government's response as "both lethargic and inadequate," he said people "would be forgiven for thinking that ... ordinary British families are not their priority."

Read: Govt commits to protecting 42,000 homes from floods

Farmer speaks about his flooding nightmare

With floodwaters still rising right across the Somerset levels today, farmer James Winslade and a team of neighbours and farmers have spent all day saving his 550 cattle from the flood.

He had planned to protect the animals by building mud barriers around his farm but finally had to admit defeat.

Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland joined James in his tractor to hear his story

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