Dozens of communities repeatedly blighted by flooding are still not getting the protection they deserve, according to a report out today.Read the full story ›
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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.
A Somerset MP will today call for a council tax levy on residents in areas hit by flooding. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater, says the money would help pay for a new rivers board to maintain flood defences. He's also calling for a tidal barrage at the mouth of the river Parrett.
Somerset's tourism industry says its still feeling the effects of the winter floods.
Some businesses are reporting a 25% drop in trade compared to last year. They say images of the flooded Levels put people off when they were booking their summer break.
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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 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.
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.
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.