A Somerset MP has criticised the Environment Secretary for what he regards as a failure to promise money for further flood prevention work.
Ian Liddell-Grainger says he intends to confront Liz Truss about a commitment to provide £3 million to set up a new Somerset rivers board, and to support a tidal barrage across the River Parrett at Bridgwater.
The dredging of the Rivers Parrett and Tone on the Somerset Levels is now complete. The Environment Agency has been trying to reassure residents that it will be enough to prevent further flooding but says it cannot rule out the prospect.
It has revealed the following details:
8km of river was dredged at a cost of £6 million pounds. The silt removed in the operation was used to improve 250 acres of farmland.
Work has taken place at Dunball to ensure emergency pumps can be brought in at a moment's notice should they be required.
Options for increasing the capacity of the King's Sedgemoor drain are being considered. £8 million is available for the work
Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has accused The Environment Secretary Liz Truss of gross insensitivity towards families whose homes were flooded on the Somerset Levels. Ms Truss is due in Stoke St Gregory near Taunton today to mark the end of dredging on the Rivers Parrett and Tone. But the Bridgwater MP is angry she's not visiting communities where families still haven't moved back into their homes.
Dredgers have removed more than 120,000 tonnes from the Rivers Parrett and Tone to stop a repeat of the floods in Somerset.Read the full story ›
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to lose his job in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.
The Conservative minister came under intense pressure, following his handling of the flooding on the Somerset levels, and also received criticism for the horsemeat scandal and unsuccessful badger culls. Meanwhile, North Somerset MP Liam Fox is tipped to make a return to the front benches.
There's been so much help offered to farmers hit by the flooding that a site set up to store donated produce is full.Read the full story ›
This photo shows some of James Winslade's cattle which were rescued from his flooded farm at Moorland and are being housed at a host farm in the Quantock Hills.
The National Farmers Union are asking for people to make pledges rather than send supplies to help farmers on the flooded Somerset Levels.
After the great success of a social media campaign - known as Forage Aid - appealing for forage and bedding, the NFU say the immediate needs of farmers have been met and no more supplies can be accepted.
Instead, they're now asking people to pledge offers of help.
Melanie Squires from the NFU said "What we need now are pledges of fodder and straw or financial donations rather than actual deliveries, so that we can call upon people’s generosity as and when it is required over the coming weeks and months, when the waters finally abate."
Flooding Minister Dan Rogerson has met with residents in Trevone near Padstow. The village has been badly damaged by the storms.Read the full story ›