Meeting to discuss reaction to Bridgwater wall collapse
A review meeting to consider how authorities responded to the Bridgwater wall collapse is being held later. Sedgemoor District Council is looking at whether its evacuation procedures worked effectively. The river wall's undergoing repairs after collapsing last November.
Bridgwater's river wall should be repaired much quicker that expected. Somerset County Council says the work should be completed by the Autumn. The wall collapsed following heavy rain in November. Initial estimates put the completion date at 18 months.
Work to rebuild the collapsed wall at West Quay in Bridgwater will have cost £400,000 by May. The wall should end up looking almost exactly as it did before and the same stone will be reused. Work should be completed by September.
Peter Radford of Somerset County Council tells our reporter Bob Cruwys that the wall was moving 50mm per hour in the beginning but it has stopped. Precise surveying shows buildings are stable. It is the thinnest part of the wall at a pinch point on the River Parrett.
West Quay without its wall is like a sandcastle on the beach
A surveyor who's been monitoring the buildings and measuring every brick along the top of the wall once a week has told our reporter Bob Cruwys there's been no significant movement since the week it happened back in November.