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Flood victims face five-fold increase in insurance

Thousands of flood victims across our region are facing spiralling insurance premiums this winter - while others can't get any insurance at all.

That's despite more assurances from David Cameron in the aftermath of months of flooding on the Somerset Levels.

But some are now facing a fivefold increase in their premiums - or are facing winter without any cover. Here's David Woodland.

Moorland villagers face home insurance battle

A fifth of the 126 flood victims at Moorland on the Somerset Levels haven't been able to get buildings insurance this year. Others have seen huge hikes in premiums even if they didn't flood.

The swollen River Parrett runs next to Rebecca Horsington's farmhouse but it has never flooded the house, as it overflows in the other direction. Despite that she was told her insurance would rise from £435 to £3500.

Moorland at the height of last winter's floods. Credit: PA

It makes a nonsense of what has happened here because we have had the dredge happen, we've had flood defences put in, so really our flood risk is a lot lower than it was before the floods hit and therefore the insurance premiums should be reflecting that.

– Rebecca Horsington


Flooding fears as river levels rise in Somerset

The rising River Parrett has led to some fields becoming partially flooded Credit: ITV News

Flooding fears are on the rise on the Somerset Levels as people endure increased river levels and a week of rain.

The rain, which started on Monday, is set to continue until the weekend but agencies say that a repeat of February's flooding is currently unlikely.

The bridge at Burrowbridge demonstrates the rising river levels Credit: ITV News

The River Parrett is rising at Burrowbridge and some fields nearby are partially flooded. But the Environment Agency says there isn't a major risk.

There may be further isolated showers over the next few days but river levels are dropping and the risk of flooding is very low. We'll continue to monitor river levels closely and keep local communities informed.

In Somerset, some agricultural floodplain is currently storing water as a result of planned management of river levels. This is completely normal for this time of year. We are not expecting any properties to flood. It would take very heavy rainfall over a long period of time to put homes at risk.

– Environment Agency

Levels flood victim finally moves back home today

Bryony Sadler surveying the damage last winter. Credit: ITV News

Flood victim Bryony Sadler will finally move back into her house on the Somerset Levels today.

Bryony and her family were forced to leave their home in the flooded village of Moorland in February.

ITV will be following the family as they move back in - and we will bring you their story on our programme tonight at 6pm.

Environment Agency criticised over flood spending

A new report has criticised the amount of money being spent on some flooding projects by the Enviromment Agency.

According to the National Audit Office, many schemes are only being maintained to a 'minimal level' because they only protect a few homes.

The Agency has defended its record, insisting it is making record levels of investment.

Scars from dredging are visible on the River Parrett in Burrowbridge, Somerset. Credit: PA


MP's plea to government over flood prevention funding

The flooded Somerset Levels in February 2014 Credit: PA

Ian Liddell-Grainger says he intends to confront the Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, about a commitment to provide £3 million to set up a new Somerset Rivers Board, and to support a tidal barrage across the river Parrett at Bridgwater.

He says these are needed to prevent a repeat of last winter's flooding.

What I need is for the Secretary of State to say we will make absolutely sure you get the interim funding. We'll agree on the setting up and the start date, which I think is fairly non-contentious. But we will also make sure that that barrage, and funding, will be made available in the near future through the autumn statement.

– Ian LIDDELL-GRAINGER MP Con, Bridgwater & West Somerset

Somerset MP criticises minister over flood commitments

A Somerset MP has criticised the Environment Secretary for what he regards as a failure to promise money for further flood prevention work.

Ian Liddell-Grainger says he intends to confront Liz Truss about a commitment to provide £3 million to set up a new Somerset rivers board, and to support a tidal barrage across the River Parrett at Bridgwater.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger (right) during a visit to Goodings Farm in Fordgate, Somerset. Credit: PA

Environment Agency reassures people over dredging

The Environment Agency is hoping to reassure residents that the dredging work it has done so far will significantly reduce the risk of flooding but it can't be ruled out Credit: ITV News

The dredging of the Rivers Parrett and Tone on the Somerset Levels is now complete. The Environment Agency has been trying to reassure residents that it will be enough to prevent further flooding but says it cannot rule out the prospect.

It has revealed the following details:

8km of river was dredged at a cost of £6 million pounds. The silt removed in the operation was used to improve 250 acres of farmland.

Work has taken place at Dunball to ensure emergency pumps can be brought in at a moment's notice should they be required.

Options for increasing the capacity of the King's Sedgemoor drain are being considered. £8 million is available for the work

Bridgwater MP accuses Environment Secretary of 'gross insensitivity'

Ian Liddell-Grainger with David Cameron on a visit to see floods Credit: PA

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has accused The Environment Secretary Liz Truss of gross insensitivity towards families whose homes were flooded on the Somerset Levels. Ms Truss is due in Stoke St Gregory near Taunton today to mark the end of dredging on the Rivers Parrett and Tone. But the Bridgwater MP is angry she's not visiting communities where families still haven't moved back into their homes.

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