A rescue boat which was a lifeline for stranded villagers during last year's floods in Somerset is being given a new home this morning.
It was bought after the village of Muchelney was cut off by the water, but now the road has been raised to prevent it being flooded again. The villagers have decided to loan it permanently to Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) Search & Rescue in Burnham-on-Sea, which was first on the scene during the crisis.
A £1.5 million project to improve flood defences on the Somerset Levels has been completed.
The purpose-built platform at Dunball Sluice, near Bridgwater, means flood water can be quickly pumped away. It also means flows in the Rivers Sowy, Parrett Tone and King's Sedgemoor Drain can be managed more efficiently.
A temporary platform was constructed at Dunball during the winter of 2013/14, which saw large parts of the Levels under water after storms. At its height more than 90 million tonnes of water covered an estimated 122 square kilometres.
The workis part of a £12 million programme of repair and enhancement of flood defence works across Somerset.
Volunteers helping flood victims across Somerset over the past year have fallen out with the County Council over who should have control of public donations.
Emergency volunteers say they have been locked out of a warehouse full of furniture, cookers and domestic appliances, waiting for residents who are still homeless.
But Somerset County Council claim the friction is a simple misunderstanding, stemming from new lease terms.
Flooding victim Sally Vize believes the volunteers are better equipped to help at the warehouse than the council.
Work is beginning on phase two of the action plan to try to prevent another flood on the scale of last year's crisis on the Somerset Levels.
After a £6 million dredging project, attention is turning to managing the land further upstream. The plans are to slow the flow of water into the river system by digging ponds and planting trees.
We always knew that we'd be working to more of a medium to long term solution which would be the management of the land so tackling some of the problem at the source rather than the symptoms, if you like, of the water.
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.
People in Somerset will have more power over managing flood risk thanks to a deal signed by the government today.
The new £2.7 million Somerset Rivers Authority will start work next year to reduce the risk of the kind of flooding the region suffered with last winter.
Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger praised the new initiative.
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.
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.
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.
You can see footage of Cornwall Fire Service re-enactment of a water rescue below:
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.
This week the village of Moorland moved a step closer to normality with the opening of their village hall.
Meanwhile one man's plan to defeat any future floods has run into a few problems. Here's our Somerset correspondent, David Woodland: