Campaigners demand dredging after rainfall results

Campaigners demanding long term dredging of the rivers on the Somerset levels say this winter's rainfall was not exceptional, proving a lack of dredging is the main cause of the exceptional floods.

Figures prove floods caused by bad river management say campaigners

Campaigners demanding long term dredging of the rivers on the Somerset levels say new rainfall figures prove their case.

A detailed breakdown of the winter's rainfall obtained by ITV News shows that just 2 inches more rain fell this year than the previous record year in 1995. That year there was far less flooding.

Campaigners say that's because back then the rivers had undergone some dredging. Here's our Somerset correspondent David Woodland.

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Dredging campaigners say winter rainfall 'not exceptional'

A detailed breakdown of the winter's rainfall obtained by ITV Westcountry shows rainfall this winter was less than two inches higher than the second highest rainfall record in 1995 - when there was far less flooding but when the rivers had had some dredging.

Highest winter rainfall in Somerset (covering December, January & February):

  • 2013 - 14 = 513mm
  • 1994 - 95 = 465mm
  • 1989 - 90 = 458mm

Pumping effort continues in Somerset

Despite the dry weather, pumping operations remain at full power in Somerset as they aim to clear the huge lake between Burrowbridge and Moorland. This temporary pumping effort is pictured just downstream of Burrowbridge

Pumps are trying to clear a huge lake between Burrowbridge and Moorland Credit: ITV News West Country