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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.

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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.

MP calls for council tax levy in flood-hit Somerset

The Somerset Levels at the height of last winter's floods Credit: ITV News

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.

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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.

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