Somerset pumps switched off after riverbank damage

The giant Dutch pumps brought in to help drain the Somerset Levels have been switched off because of riverbank damage.

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Environment Agency say pumps could be on over weekend

The Environment Agency say the five temporary pumps at Beer Wall on the A372 are not currently operating, but could be working over the weekend.

They've told us that once levels around King's Sedgemoor Drain have reduced they can increase the volume of water travelling down the Sowy.

That will then help to reduce the river levels in the River Parrett and Tone.

Monksleaze Clyce will then be opened gradually, and more flow diverted down the Sowy.

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Environment Agency: No pumps at Long Sutton for a week

Long Load Bridge at Long Sutton, Somerset Levels. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys

Long Load Bridge may have been given the all-clear but the B3165 on the Long Sutton side is still thigh deep with water so cars cannot pass. An Environment Agency worker came to recce the road this morning and said there is unlikely to be any chance of starting pumping here for another seven days.

Work to get pumps back on continues

Giant pumps being used to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels have been turned off because they are damaging the river banks.

The Environment Agency took the action yesterday so they could stabilise the ground. Steel shipping containers are now going to be used to help secure the damaged area - and the pump pipe work will be moved upstream.

Bob Cruwys reports on the latest setback adding to the misery for people living on the Levels:-

Plans continues to get pumping re-started

Giant pumps being used to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels following damage to the river banks are still out of action.

The Environment Agency turned the pumps off yesterday so they could stabilise the ground. The 13 pumps have been in operation since Thursday.

Steel shipping containers will now be used to help stabilise the damaged area and the pump pipe work will be moved upstream.

Engineers are working on a plan to get pumping started again, after the giant machines damaged river banks. Credit: ITV News West Country

Somerset flood pumps switched off

Giant pumps being used to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels have been switched off because they were damaging a riverbank.

The 13 pumps, which have been imported from the Netherlands, are diverting flood water in an effort to reduce river levels.

But the Environment Agency noticed that serious damage was being done to the banks of the River Parrett and took the decision to turn the pumps off and assess the situation.

The decision was taken to stop for a short period to stabilise the bank so we can restart pumping on Monday. We also have used this opportunity to move the pipes further into the estuary to minimise further damage.

– ENVIRONMENT AGENCY SPOKESMAN

Today's dry weather means that water levels have dropped slightly, but more rain is forecast next week.

When fully operational the pumps can move more than 7 million tonnes of water per day.

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