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Raised road to Muchelney opens tomorrow

The road to Muchelney disappeared during last year's floods Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are being made for the official opening of the newly raised road into Muchelney.

The road became an iconic image of the flooding on the Somerset Levels last winter - and the village of Muchelney was cut off.

The road is one of several projects to prevent future flooding on the Somerset Levels - including dredging eight kilometres of the rivers Parrett and Tone.

Weston-super-Mare braces itself for high tides

Temporary defences, known as a Dutch Dam, have been raised in Weston-super-Mare to protect the town from the onslaught Credit: ITV News

Communities along the Bristol Channel are bracing themselves for the highest spring tides in decades this weekend.

50 feet high tides - the highest seen for 20 years - are expected in Weston-super-Mare from this morning. Forecasters are warning of the possibility of coastal flooding and North Somerset Council's emergency teams have been put on standby.

We've got good sea defences in Weston-super-Mare. We have a Dutch dam, which is a dam that we put up manually, and we've also got a gate which we shut and that creates a watertight seal.

And that stops the water from pouring onto the road if the weather gets that bad.

– John Flannigan, North Somerset Council


"Dutch Dam" is deployed in Weston-super-Mare

The Dutch Dam has been raised at Knightstone Island to protect Weston seafront Credit: ITV News

Sea defences have been deployed in Weston super Mare because of forecast high tides.

The Dutch Dam at Knightstone Island will remain up until Saturday at least.

  • High tide Friday 20 February at 0730 is predicted to reach 13.23m
  • High tide Saturday 21 February at 0830 is predicted to reach 13.36m

Somerset flooding volunteers fall out with council

Volunteers say they have been locked out of a warehouse full of donated items Credit: ITV News

Volunteers helping flood victims across Somerset over the past year have fallen out with the County Council over who should have control of public donations.

Emergency volunteers say they have been locked out of a warehouse full of furniture, cookers and domestic appliances, waiting for residents who are still homeless.

But Somerset County Council claim the friction is a simple misunderstanding, stemming from new lease terms.

Flooding victim Sally Vize believes the volunteers are better equipped to help at the warehouse than the council.

Anti-flooding action plan in Somerset reaches second stage

Work is beginning on phase two of the action plan to try to prevent another flood on the scale of last year's crisis on the Somerset Levels.

After a £6 million dredging project, attention is turning to managing the land further upstream. The plans are to slow the flow of water into the river system by digging ponds and planting trees.

We always knew that we'd be working to more of a medium to long term solution which would be the management of the land so tackling some of the problem at the source rather than the symptoms, if you like, of the water.

– Ben Thorne, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
Plans are being implement to slow the flow of water into the Levels

A372 in Somerset re-opens after flood protection works

The Somerset Levels were badly flooded last winter. Credit: ITV News

A main road in Somerset which has been closed for 11 weeks for flood protection works re-opens this morning.

The A372 at Beer Wall was flooded for several weeks last winter. Somerset County Council is confident the works will keep the road open if there is a repeat of those conditions.

There are more works to come next spring, when four new culverts will be installed as part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan.


Government promises £15.5m for flood defences

More than £4 million will go to flood prevention on the Somerset Levels & Moors Credit: PA

The Government will spend £15.5 million on flood defences in Somerset over the next six years.

More than £4 million (4.2) will be spent on the Somerset Levels and moors.

7,000 properties are expected to benefit from the money - which is part of at least £35 million committed to Somerset over the next eight years.

Moorland village hall reopens 9 months after flooding

Moorland and District Village Hall Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

A village hall on the Somerset Levels has reopened nine months after being flooded.

Moorland and District Village Hall has been officially reopened at a ceremony this evening. There has been a portable building in its place for nine months. 120 people from the local community were invited to the event.

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