SCC invites ministers to view flooding in Somerset

This is The West Country: Flooding in Westonzoyland, January 2014. Flooding in Westonzoyland, January 2014.

SOMERSET County Council has invited government ministers and flood experts to see first-hand the devastating flooding that has hit the area.

Ministers from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and members of the all-party Parliamentary group on flooding have been invited to the county.

They will visit the flooded in community of Muchelney near Taunton, see the state of the currently closed A361 and view the Levels.

Council leader John Osman said: “People want action, not words, and it is time the Government fronted up.

“We have done everything in our power, but we still have people cut off, we still have major roads closed and we still have people stranded, worried and picking up the pieces of their life.

“The government can, and must, put its hand in its pockets and step in.”

He said investment could mean river dredging, engineering projects or grants for specific flood prevention schemes.

Meanwhile, Peter Maltby, chairman of the Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium and Parrett Drainage Board, is lending his support to the County Council’s campaign to secure ‘Fairer Funding for Somerset’ to deal with flooding in the county.

Mr Maltby said: “We desperately need more funding to invest in dredging in the county. Dredging the local waterways would vastly improve the situation, it would prevent future flooding and protect many communities in low lying areas. We need to get it sorted - and quickly.”

To support the campaign, visit www.facebook.com/fairerfundingforsomerset or use the hash tag #fairerfundingforsomerset on Twitter.

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12:58am Fri 17 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

It wipeouts be good to know just when this delegation, are to visit Somerset, as it's the Local residents who need to speak to these Ministers, so they egg the right picture, as to the effect, cause and remedy being proposed to deal with this flood water, from the excess rain fall.
Come on SCC, let us know so we can participate in the discussions with this influential party, to our Levels.
After all we the people, are the ones who voted you into Office, you now hold.
My number is 07802 445187
Email : davidpreece2@ aol.co.uk

I'm free as the Comedy Sketch goes !!!!
David Preece
It wipeouts be good to know just when this delegation, are to visit Somerset, as it's the Local residents who need to speak to these Ministers, so they egg the right picture, as to the effect, cause and remedy being proposed to deal with this flood water, from the excess rain fall. Come on SCC, let us know so we can participate in the discussions with this influential party, to our Levels. After all we the people, are the ones who voted you into Office, you now hold. My number is 07802 445187 Email : davidpreece2@ aol.co.uk I'm free as the Comedy Sketch goes !!!! David Preece Blue Owl
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10:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

teslafanatic says...

They should clean the drains every other month and in the run up to winter they should do them every month and the water company should pick up the bill as we have been paying them for twenty odd years and they no longer clean the drains, Why not?
It would help if the excess water had somewhere to go and Builders had to put something in place when they build on a Flood plain, Like a proper drainage area or a run off.
They should clean the drains every other month and in the run up to winter they should do them every month and the water company should pick up the bill as we have been paying them for twenty odd years and they no longer clean the drains, Why not? It would help if the excess water had somewhere to go and Builders had to put something in place when they build on a Flood plain, Like a proper drainage area or a run off. teslafanatic
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