Live updates

Advertisement

Yellow weather warning for flooding in South West

Yellow weather warning for flooding in South West Credit: ITV West Country

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Saturday and are urging people in the South West to be cautious of thunderstorms and the possibility of "significant flooding".

They say the warm weather could develop into heavy showers with lightning and hail. The warning covers East Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Shadow Environment Secretary in Somerset today

Shadow Environment Secretary in Somerset today Credit: PA/PA Wire

Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle will be returning to Somerset today to vist areas affected by this year's floods. In February she visited Moorland, Sedgemoor and Bridgwater and met with people who lost their homes.

She also spoke with environmental agencies on the best way to address the flooding.

EA considering increasing security after fuel thieves strike again

Dredging on the Somerset levels had to stop for a time today because fuel thieves have targeted the site for a second time.

Diesel has been stolen from 5 machines being used on the banks of the Rivers Parrett and Tone. The Environment Agency is now considering bringing in additional security. Francesca Carpenter reports.

Event looking at flood prevention in Topsham today

Event looking at flood prevention in Topsham today Credit: @PatersonWillow

People whose homes have been affected by flooding in Topsham and Exeter are being invited to an event looking at flood prevention. It's being hosted by the Topsham Emergency Group later today and and is hoping to help residents plan for any possible storms like those earlier this year.

Advertisement

Plans announced to tackle future flooding on the Somerset Levels

Plans to raise the road into Muchelney Credit: ITV West Country

Villagers on the Somerset Levels, who were cut off in the winter floods, will be able to see plans to solve the problem today. Somerset County Council wants to raise the road into Muchelney by two feet to maintain access.

A drop-in session is taking place at the village church this afternoon. It comes as the Prince of Wales, who used the emergency boat service back in February, is due to return to Mulchelney next week.

West Country (E)

Just a quarter of Farming Recovery Fund has been applied for

Only a quarter of the Government's Farming recovery Fund has been applied for

Just a quarter of the Government's £10 million Farming Recovery Fund has been applied for, as the deadline for applications approaches.

The fund was set up to help farmers affected by the winter floods in areas like the Somerset Levels to get back on their feet.

DEFRA says it has so far received 229 applications, worth a total of £2.69 million. The window for farmers to apply for grants up to £35,000 closes tomorrow, 27th June.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories