A SCHEME has started to install pumps brought from Holland at Dunball and at Beer Wall on the A372.

Eight pumps are being installed at Dunball to pump water from King’s Sedgemoor drain into the River Sowy, with five being installed at Beer Wall for the same task.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Increasing the volume of floodwater passing down the Sowy will assist in reducing river levels in the Rivers Parrett and Tone.

“For the first couple of days only the pumps at Dunball will run with the aim of lowering water levels in the King’s Sedgemoor system first.

“Monks Leaze Clyce [a sluice on the River Parrett] will then be fully opened and more flow diverted down the Sowy.”

The pumps are extremely large and so the A372 road will stay closed for the period they are operating.