People in Somerset are being invited to take part in a free day of training workshops in Sedgemoor to help prepare for emergencies such as flooding and snow.
The event, taking place on Thursday 25 October, has been organised by the Environment Agency.
It is aimed at better preparing communities for incidents like the flooding seen in the county in 2014.
It will run from 10am to 4pm at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre, near North Petherton.
Flights have also been cancelled and further disruption is expected across the West Country.Read the full story ›
The Agency has declared Prolonged Dry Weather status, meaning it is preparing for drought and monitoring rivers to identify areas at risk.Read the full story ›
Churngold Recycling Ltd sold material which contained asbestos and lead as aggregate along with other waste it had collected.Read the full story ›
The Environment Agency have issued a flood alert for North Cornwall.
Is means flooding is possible, and people should be prepared.
This was the scene at Polperro on the South East Coast on Sunday afternoon:
It's after heavy rain fell overnight on Saturday - causing river levels to rise.
This map shows the current areas of concern:
Areas of concern:
- River Camel
- River Allen
- Bodmin Town Leat catchment
We are monitoring the situation, and have operatives in the field, where required, to clear blockages.
Meanwhile emergency services are urging people not to try to drive through flood water.
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Firefighters in St Austell said they have to rescue people from two vehicles trapped this morning.
River levels are expected to fall throughout the evening.
The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts for Devon, Cornwall and Wiltshire. It means people should be prepared.Read the full story ›
South West Water must improve its performance according to a "Water and sewerage companies' performance" report by The Environment Agency.Read the full story ›
3,000 tonnes of rubbish caught fire at the Averies Recycling Site in Swindon in July 2014 - taking eight weeks to put out.Read the full story ›
A man has been fined £8,800 for operating two illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire.
Sam Phelps, who ran ‘XP Wood Recycling’, pleaded guilty to two charges of deliberately operating illegal waste sites, which were a risk to the environment and a nuisance to the local community. Mr. Phelps was fined £400 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £8,000 at Cheltenham Magistrates court yesterday (7 March 2016).
While on a site visit, an Environment Agency officer found a pile of shredded waste wood estimated to be at least four times the authorised amount. The nearby Severn Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, was at risk of pollution from the water run-off from this site.
“Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”
The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings for the South West and residents should take action to protect themselvesRead the full story ›