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Flood preparation training takes place in Somerset

The event 'flood action day' has been organised by the Environment Agency. Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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Flood alert issued for Cornwall after heavy rain

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:

High water levels in the rivers mean flooding is possible. Credit: Environment Agency

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.

– Environment Agency

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.

Credit: St Austell Fire and Rescue Service

River levels are expected to fall throughout the evening.

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£8,800 fine for illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire

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.”

– Environment Agency
An illegal waste site at Pilning, estimated to be 2500-3000 tonnes Credit: Environment Agency
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