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Video: River Tone overspills to fill the Somerset Levels

Water spilling out of the River Tone onto the Somerset Levels, is not an unusual sight to see. Credit: ITV News

This video clip shows water spilling out of the River Tone into Currymoor on the Somerset Levels.

This is how the system is supposed to work when the river floods.

Up to 14 million cubic metres of water can be stored on the moor and pumped back into the river when the level drops.


Countess Bathurst launches appeal for flood victims

Lady Bathurst wants to raise thousands of pounds to help flood victims Credit: ITV News

Lady Bathurst of Cirencester Park, Cirencester, has launched an online appeal to raise funds for the victims of the Christmas 2015 floods across the UK.

"Like so many, Lord Bathurst and I have watched the news reports over this festive period with a growing sense of horror and helplessness.

It was a completely natural and immediate reaction to want to try and do something constructive to help those who are having such a devastating experience, right across the country."

We all remember the devastating 2007 floods across Gloucestershire and the equally wonderful way in which complete strangers pulled together to help each other. It is only natural that we would all wish to reflect the amazing support we were shown back then, and if I can offer an avenue for everyone to do so, then I couldn't be happier.

– Lady Bathurst

The ​appeal has already raised ​£700 and ​will help flood victims, with particular emphasis on those who are no longer covered by insurance, the elderly, the isolated, as well as those families with young children.

It will help them to refurnish their homes with basic furniture and essential electrical goods such as sofas, kitchen equipment, washing machines and other household necessities.

You can find out more here.

Flooding in York at the weekend Credit: ITV News

Protecting Somerset from floods: Giant pumps tested

Giant pumps tested to help protect Somerset from flooding Credit: ITV News

The Environment Agency has been testing giant pumps designed to help reduce the risk of a repeat of last year's flooding on the Somerset Levels.

The pumps will be on permanent standby at Dunball, ready to suck more than a million tons of water day out of the King's Sedgemoor Drain.

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