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Oysters and mussels reintroduced to Porlock Bay

Oysters and mussels are being reintroduced to Porlock Bay in Somerset today. Oyster farming at Porlock Weir was once a thriving industry but 100 years ago the beds were raided and destroyed by trawlers from the North East of England.

Today a group of volunteers is putting in baby oysters and ropes seeded with mussels. If they are successful they hope to expand the farm and supply local restaurants.

Clean up continues in Porlock Weir

The Bottom Ship in Porlock Weir got rid of it's carpets years ago to make cleaning up much quicker. Credit: Helen De Vere Hunt

The West Somerset village of Porlock Weir has had some respite from the floods.

This morning's high tide failed to cause any serious problems, but it was a different story 24 hours earlier when three houses and a pub were flooded.

Residents say they haven't had such high tides since 1996. Three cottages behind the beach are used to the sea coming up through the floor but say it's worth occasional floods to live in such a beautiful spot.

Flood water surrounds the pub after Friday morning's high tide. Credit: Helen De Vere Hunt

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Porlock Weir bracing itself for more flooding

The West Somerset village of Porlock Weir is bracing itself for more flooding when tomorrow morning's high tide strikes.

This evening's high tide at 8pm didn't cause serious problems. The road to the village was closed, but only a few waves made it over the slipway and into the road.

This morning three houses and a pub were flooded. The cottages behind the beach are expecting to be under a few inches tomorrow morning.

Colin Strange says they're prepared for it:

Somerset flood warning

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Somerset coast at Porlock Weir. Flooding is expected for the coastline between Gore Point and Hurlstone Point at high tide at 18:30 on Monday evening. The Environment Agency has issued the following advice:

  • Act now to protect yourself and your property.
  • Avoid beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads.
  • If it's safe to do so, block doors with flood boards or sandbags and cover airbricks and other ventilation holes.
  • Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.

Flood Warning In West Somerset

People living at Porlock Weir are being warned of possible flooding accompanying tomorrow's high tide. The Environment Agency says flooding is expected on the coastline between Gore Point and Hurlstone Point including properties on the lockside and businesses around the Harbour Master's Office.

Other low-lying properties on the B3225 could also be affected by the high tide at 9am. Fresh to strong onshore winds are expected to cause higher than normal tides which could also hold back rising river waters. More information here.

Flood Warning In West Somerset

People living at Porlock Weir are being warned of possible flooding accompanying tomorrow's high tide. The Environment Agency says flooding is expected on the coastline between Gore Point and Hurlstone Point including properties on the lockside and businesses around the Harbour Master's Office.

Other low-lying properties on the B3225 could also be affected by the high tide at 9am. Fresh to strong onshore winds are expected to cause higher than normal tides which could also hold back rising river waters. More information here.

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