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A372 in Somerset re-opens after flood protection works

The Somerset Levels were badly flooded last winter. Credit: ITV News

A main road in Somerset which has been closed for 11 weeks for flood protection works re-opens this morning.

The A372 at Beer Wall was flooded for several weeks last winter. Somerset County Council is confident the works will keep the road open if there is a repeat of those conditions.

There are more works to come next spring, when four new culverts will be installed as part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan.

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Government promises £15.5m for flood defences

More than £4 million will go to flood prevention on the Somerset Levels & Moors Credit: PA

The Government will spend £15.5 million on flood defences in Somerset over the next six years.

More than £4 million (4.2) will be spent on the Somerset Levels and moors.

7,000 properties are expected to benefit from the money - which is part of at least £35 million committed to Somerset over the next eight years.

Fire crews show why we shouldn't drive through floods

Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service re-enacts some of the worst consequences of driving through flood water Credit: ITV News

A campaign has begun urging motorists not to risk their lives by driving through flood water.

It's called 'Turn Around, Don't Drown' and is run by Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service.

Crews have been demonstrating the dangers involved in driving through water that's too deep.

Fire crews demonstrate the efforts involved in rescuing motorists from deep water Credit: ITV News

As you'd expect over the last two years with the extreme weather we've had, we've had very nearly a hundred rescues from vehicles in the water each year.

Most of them happen in the hours of darkness and a lot of them are caused just by the ignorance of the power of moving water.

– ANDY REYNOLDS Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

You can see footage of Cornwall Fire Service re-enactment of a water rescue below:

Drivers urged not to risk going through flood water

A campaign urging motorists not to risk their lives by driving through flood water is launched today.

Called 'Turn Around, Don't Drown', Cornwall Fire Service will be demontrating the risks involved in taking a chance with water that could potentially be much deeper than drivers suspect.

A car in flood water. Credit: PA

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Moorland village hall reopens 9 months after flooding

Moorland and District Village Hall Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

A village hall on the Somerset Levels has reopened nine months after being flooded.

Moorland and District Village Hall has been officially reopened at a ceremony this evening. There has been a portable building in its place for nine months. 120 people from the local community were invited to the event.

Somerset flooding impact on wildlife 'not serious'

Water surrounds flooded properties on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater. Credit: PA

A study into the flooding on the Somerset Levels last winter has concluded that, despite the fears, the impact on wildlife has not been serious.

Natural England has been looking at evidence from surveys and collecting the observations of local residents. There are some signs of reduced numbers of mammals, insects and birds in areas which previously had not flooded for many years.

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