Somerset Flood Damage

Backing for a new scheme to prevent flooding on the Somerset Levels

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Eavis calls Somerset Levels maintenance a "shambles"

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has given his backing to a new scheme to prevent flooding on the Somerset Levels. He wants improvements made to the maintenance of the area which he currently describes as 'a shambles'.

The Royal Bath and West of England Society is aiming to raise £4 million to dredge the rivers in the area, which covers a 170,000 acres and makes up 15 per cent of the county of Somerset.

Bob Cruwys reports.


Accusations of flooding mismanagement on the Somerset Levels

Somerset Levels Credit: ITV West

People living on the Somerset Levels says a mismanagement of recent flooding has turned a thousand acres of prime farmland and important wildlife habitat into a swamp.

Farmers and residents of North Curry say the Environment Agency should have pumped last month's floodwater off more quickly. This Spring's grass crop is now mud and rotting vegetation, which can be smelt for miles around.

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