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.
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.
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.