SOMERSET FLOODING: Military on standby over the weekend

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  • Heavy rainfall expected this weekend
  • January has already broken rainfall records
  • Military remain on standby to deal with floods

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7:37pm

7:37pm

GUSTS of wind already picking up. Lots of recycling boxes and waste bins have been blown over by the stormy weather.

6:50pm

EMERGENCY repairs are still taking place on Deane Gate Avenue around Blackbrook Park Avenue in Taunton.

Traffic is coping well.

6:47pm

THE latest from the Environment Agency:

Strong winds, high tides and swollen rivers continue to bring an increased risk of flooding.

Significant disruption is possible along much of the coast of Wales and south-west England.

Gales, large waves and high tides present a danger to life and are expected to result in overtopping of sea walls and defences causing flooding to properties along with disruption to travel.

People are urged to stay away from coastal paths and promenades and to avoid walking or driving through fast flowing water.

6:43pm

4:57pm

TWO severe flood warnings, 39 flood warnings and 38 flood alerts remain across the South West.

For the latest, visit the Environment Agency's website.

4:48pm

A WATER main has burst and emergency repairs are taking place on Deane Gate Avenue around Blackbrook Park Avenue.

Police report the water company will be making repairs on the bus lane into the evening.

Traffic is coping according to local sources.

4:00pm

THE wind will pick up again later tonight around coastal areas:

This is The West Country:

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2:55pm

WINDS will continue to increase today, with gusts widely to 50 to 60 mph, and locally to around 70 mph on exposed coasts in the west.

Additionally, large waves could lead to over-topping along some coastlines.

People should avoid getting too close and putting themselves and others at risk.

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THE Environment Agency has issued this statement:

Significant disruption could occur in vulnerable areas throughout the South West.

Strong winds (Force 5-6) and spring tides will increase the risk of coastal flooding in parts of Dorset, North Somerset, Bristol and the north coast of Devon and Cornwall.

High tides and possible storm surges could cause wave overtopping and localised flooding of roads and properties in exposed coastal locations.

The stormy weather is expected to continue into Sunday.

High winds combined with spring tides will result in dramatic waves.

Nick Lyness from the Environment Agency said: "Strong winds and large waves are forecast along the south and west coast of England between Friday and Sunday, coinciding with high tides,

"Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities.

"Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea.

"People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.

"The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities.

"Environment Agency teams are out on the ground making sure that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood alerts and warnings."

People can follow the Environment Agency in the South West on Twitter at @EnvAgencySW and can sign up for flood warnings by contacting Floodline on 0845 9881188.

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11:58am

DURING Saturday morning and evening high tides periods, the main areas of concern in Somerset are: Porlock, Minehead, Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea.

Yesterday, Somerset County Council and partner agencies including the fire service and police warned and informed the at risk communities and checked flood defences.

 

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10:56am

THE Met Office is predicting strong showers and heavy winds across Somerset.

 

This is The West Country:

 

10:44am

Here's how the live flood warning map looks at the moment:

This is The West Country:

10:41am

Still sunny here in Taunton, is this the calm before the storm?

The Environment Agency has issued two severe flood warnings, 36 flood warnings and 37 flood alerts for the South West.

10:35am

 

9:32am

DREDGING of rivers in Somerset will not begin until all flood water has drained off the Levels and river banks are safe, the Environment Agency has said.

Richard Cresswell, regional director, said the agency will need to bring in equipment to carry out the dredging.

9:30am

PRINCE Charles will meet with farmers, members of the emergency services and local authorities, and volunteers who have helped throughout the crisis in Stoke St Gregory before visiting the flood-hit communities of Muchelney and Thorney.

9:30am

MEMBERS of the military arrived in Somerset to offer support, but they remain on standby after it was decided firefighters could deal with the situation for now, having supplied an extra ten pumps to manage floodwater.

Patrick Flaherty, deputy chief executive of Somerset County Council, said: “The military have come in at short notice, worked with our teams to assess what’s needed and what’s required and the fire service has met that need through its national specialist vehicles and trained staff.

“With potential flooding coming up over the weekend and flooding ongoing for weeks ahead, we now have any military help and support very much on call

9:29am

THE Army are on standby this weekend as the county continues to be battered by wet weather.

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5:21pm Mon 3 Feb 14

InsiderintheEA says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://www.insidethe
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Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk/ InsiderintheEA
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