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.
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.
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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.