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Plans to prevent flooding on A372 in Somerset

There are plans to prevent the flooding that closed the A372 in Somerset for several weeks last winter.

It also had to be shut for the emergency pumping operation. The works at Beer Wall will improve water flow and increase capacity of the River Sowy and King Sedgemoor Drain. A drop-in session is being held at Othery Village Hall this afternoon.

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EA considering increasing security after fuel thieves strike again

Dredging on the Somerset levels had to stop for a time today because fuel thieves have targetted the site for a second time.

Diesel has been stolen from 5 machines being used on the banks of the Rivers Parrett and Tone. The Environment Agency is now considering bringing in additional security. Francesca Carpenter reports.

Plans announced to tackle future flooding on the Somerset Levels

Plans to raise the road into Muchelney Credit: ITV West Country

Villagers on the Somerset Levels, who were cut off in the winter floods, will be able to see plans to solve the problem today. Somerset County Council wants to raise the road into Muchelney by two feet to maintain access.

A drop-in session is taking place at the village church this afternoon. It comes as the Prince of Wales, who used the emergency boat service back in February, is due to return to Mulchelney next week.

Somerset MP says flooding 'was no surprise'

A Somerset MP whose constituency was badly affected by the winter floods has warned that people will not stand for government promises that are not delivered.

David Heath, MP for Somerton and Frome, told a Parliamentary debate that no-one should have been surprised at the extent of the floods, given the warnings about a lack of dredging. He said proposals to maintain rivers and improve drainage must be carried out.

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Only quarter of £10m flood recovery applied for

ITV News can reveal that farmers affected by the winter floods have applied for just a quarter of the emergency funding made available by the Government.

£10 million has been set aside to help farms recover, but Defra says so far applications total just over £2.5 million - and the deadline is tomorrow.

The application process has been criticised for being too complicated and many of those who've been approved say they still haven't had the money, including Somerset farmer James Winslade. Bob Cruwys has this exclusive report.

Just a quarter of Farming Recovery Fund has been applied for

Only a quarter of the Government's Farming recovery Fund has been applied for

Just a quarter of the Government's £10 million Farming Recovery Fund has been applied for, as the deadline for applications approaches.

The fund was set up to help farmers affected by the winter floods in areas like the Somerset Levels to get back on their feet.

DEFRA says it has so far received 229 applications, worth a total of £2.69 million. The window for farmers to apply for grants up to £35,000 closes tomorrow, 27th June.

Village agent will help victims of Somerset floods

Nicola Bailey will help Somerset businesses affected by flooding Credit: CCS

Flood hit businesses in Somerset are to get extra help from the Community Council for Somerset.

The CCS has appointed Nicola Bailey as its new Somerset Business Village Agent to support flood affected businesses in the aftermath of the Somerset flooding crisis.

The role has been funded for an initial 12 month period by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Somerset County Council and South Somerset District Council.

The role uses the tried and tested Village Agent model of a local person with specific empathy for the challenges faced by rural businesses and communities. It has been reported that an average of £17,352 per business being lost in financial terms and productivity in just six weeks of the flooding.

This support could range from simply being a confidential sounding board through to providing practical and ongoing help to get your business back on its feet.

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