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Campaigners demand dredging after rainfall results

Campaigners demanding long term dredging of the rivers on the Somerset levels say this winter's rainfall was not exceptional, proving a lack of dredging is the main cause of the exceptional floods.

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Dredging campaigners say winter rainfall 'not exceptional'

A detailed breakdown of the winter's rainfall obtained by ITV Westcountry shows rainfall this winter was less than two inches higher than the second highest rainfall record in 1995 - when there was far less flooding but when the rivers had had some dredging.

Highest winter rainfall in Somerset (covering December, January & February):

  • 2013 - 14 = 513mm
  • 1994 - 95 = 465mm
  • 1989 - 90 = 458mm

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