A372 Langport Road to re-open today after flooding

This is The West Country: The extent of damage caused to the edge of the A372 by recent floods The extent of damage caused to the edge of the A372 by recent floods

THE A372 Langport Road at Seven Bends is set to reopen at 5pm today (March 26) as repairs by Somerset County Council’s highways engineers near completion.

The road had been badly damaged by fast-flowing flood water which removed the edge of the highway over a substantial distance.

It remained closed to protect public safety following the removal of temporary pumps at Beer Wall near Aller by the Environment Agency.

However, after intensive working including over the weekend, the main areas of concern have now been fixed and the road has been swept and patched, leaving only a short section to finish under temporary traffic light control.

Final repairs, road markings and a general tidy-up will take place over the next few days.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council cabinet member for highways, said: “The power of flowing water can have an enormous impact on roads and it caused significant damage to the A372.

“We’ve been working hard on repairs and I’m delighted the road has now been passed as safe to reopen.

“This is the last major A road to reopen and shows that Somerset’s recovery is now well under way.

"I’d like to thank drivers for their patience, and also thank all the highways teams for working so tirelessly in very tough conditions over the past few months.”

 

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2:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

Just Dredge the River Parrett from Langport to the Estuary, pump the Excess water if the Levels into the King Sedgemoor Drain, then you Somerset County Council will not have to waste Our Money on Raising the surface Level of the A361 by the 2 Metres that you propose, as the Water levels will return to the Managable level that has been for the Last 50 years.
We and I, the Somerset Residents are fed to the Teeth with being Told , " that you Know Best, on our Behalf ". Well it's time you listen to us. You are only there because we Vited you there, you forget you are Servants of the Taxpayer.
The R Parrett dredged its complete length will then regain the Total Volume it had in the 1960's. " it is long known that you can not get A Quart into a Pint Pot- so to speak ,!!!!!!
You and the E Agency, want to only dredge 8 Kilo - metres either side of BurrowBridge , then next year when similar problems hit our region again, you can say, " Told U So Dredging does 'nt work " but you will have done an incomplete Job.....
Get rid of the Problem, ie excess rainfall Storage on the Levels and Moors, let the Old Drainage Boards be re-established, looking after the Local rivers and Ditches, along with a Slimmed Down E Agency, monies Diverted to action instead of Beaurocratic Computor Modelling, which have proven to be flawed in their use, over the last 2 years Now.......
Lord Chris Smith, E A Quango Chairman, dismissal, will IMMEDIATLY save
£100.000 Annually.
The Environment Agency, lowering the River Tone, spillway, without the implications, as to where the excess water was going to end up. !!!!!!
Their, Stratagy to allow BurrowBridge, Moorland, Muchelney, communities to be sacrificed, is nothing short of Criminal............
The E Agency, should be footing the Insurance Claims, from the residents affected.
The Staff in Rivers House, need to be Stream lined ( forgive the Pun ) it's no laughing matter. The E A Workers on the ground during these last 4 months have been Comendable, but they were being paid.!!! So must expect to have to clear up the results of the E A Errors and Wrong Stratagies.
The Volunteers, in Moorland and BurrowBridge, are indeed The Heroes and Heroines, helping out without being asked, just there, every day........
Truly amazing !!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Just Dredge the River Parrett from Langport to the Estuary, pump the Excess water if the Levels into the King Sedgemoor Drain, then you Somerset County Council will not have to waste Our Money on Raising the surface Level of the A361 by the 2 Metres that you propose, as the Water levels will return to the Managable level that has been for the Last 50 years. We and I, the Somerset Residents are fed to the Teeth with being Told , " that you Know Best, on our Behalf ". Well it's time you listen to us. You are only there because we Vited you there, you forget you are Servants of the Taxpayer. The R Parrett dredged its complete length will then regain the Total Volume it had in the 1960's. " it is long known that you can not get A Quart into a Pint Pot- so to speak ,!!!!!! You and the E Agency, want to only dredge 8 Kilo - metres either side of BurrowBridge , then next year when similar problems hit our region again, you can say, " Told U So Dredging does 'nt work " but you will have done an incomplete Job..... Get rid of the Problem, ie excess rainfall Storage on the Levels and Moors, let the Old Drainage Boards be re-established, looking after the Local rivers and Ditches, along with a Slimmed Down E Agency, monies Diverted to action instead of Beaurocratic Computor Modelling, which have proven to be flawed in their use, over the last 2 years Now....... Lord Chris Smith, E A Quango Chairman, dismissal, will IMMEDIATLY save £100.000 Annually. The Environment Agency, lowering the River Tone, spillway, without the implications, as to where the excess water was going to end up. !!!!!! Their, Stratagy to allow BurrowBridge, Moorland, Muchelney, communities to be sacrificed, is nothing short of Criminal............ The E Agency, should be footing the Insurance Claims, from the residents affected. The Staff in Rivers House, need to be Stream lined ( forgive the Pun ) it's no laughing matter. The E A Workers on the ground during these last 4 months have been Comendable, but they were being paid.!!! So must expect to have to clear up the results of the E A Errors and Wrong Stratagies. The Volunteers, in Moorland and BurrowBridge, are indeed The Heroes and Heroines, helping out without being asked, just there, every day........ Truly amazing !!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -14

7:48am Thu 27 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Owl,

Once again you make some points but embellish them with your own personal vitriol and nonsense.

As I've pointed out to you several times, just because we have had two consecutive wet winters it does not follow that we will get a third - there is as much chance that it will be drier than normal so when you make a dramatic statement like "then next year when similar problems hit our region again" it is speculation and not fact.

Again, after several times of asking, can you please post a link to any evidence to back up your claims that "Their, Stratagy (sic) to allow BurrowBridge, Moorland, Muchelney, communities to be sacrificed, is nothing short of Criminal".

You continue to make spurious claims on each and every news story you comment on but very rarely do you back up these claims with any factual evidence. Then again, why let the facts get in the way of a badly researched rant.....
Owl, Once again you make some points but embellish them with your own personal vitriol and nonsense. As I've pointed out to you several times, just because we have had two consecutive wet winters it does not follow that we will get a third - there is as much chance that it will be drier than normal so when you make a dramatic statement like "then next year when similar problems hit our region again" it is speculation and not fact. Again, after several times of asking, can you please post a link to any evidence to back up your claims that "Their, Stratagy (sic) to allow BurrowBridge, Moorland, Muchelney, communities to be sacrificed, is nothing short of Criminal". You continue to make spurious claims on each and every news story you comment on but very rarely do you back up these claims with any factual evidence. Then again, why let the facts get in the way of a badly researched rant..... freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 9

1:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

MartinB58 says...

Moving back to the A372, from the picture shown the pre-repair road condition looks considerably better than most of the M5 through Somerset.
Moving back to the A372, from the picture shown the pre-repair road condition looks considerably better than most of the M5 through Somerset. MartinB58
  • Score: 1

9:07am Mon 31 Mar 14

Reaping the Whirlwind says...

With all the roads open and operable once again, the work of crimninals should be unimpeded. What exactly is going on on the Levels?. A Police appeal for information on human trafficking not long ago, Police helicopters overhead frequently, the Avon and Somerset Police website stating that drug dealing has infiltrated many Somerset villages, a great many deliberate arsons on properties and premises, and the Police quite tightlipped. This is all something of an enigma. However, if you google "Oranised crime in the UK" you will see that the main objective of the criminal gangs is to carry on their lucrative business unhampered and to avoid Police attention. So how about it Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolf, can someone tell the people of the Levels what is going on in their midsth and what is being done to deal with it?
With all the roads open and operable once again, the work of crimninals should be unimpeded. What exactly is going on on the Levels?. A Police appeal for information on human trafficking not long ago, Police helicopters overhead frequently, the Avon and Somerset Police website stating that drug dealing has infiltrated many Somerset villages, a great many deliberate arsons on properties and premises, and the Police quite tightlipped. This is all something of an enigma. However, if you google "Oranised crime in the UK" you will see that the main objective of the criminal gangs is to carry on their lucrative business unhampered and to avoid Police attention. So how about it Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolf, can someone tell the people of the Levels what is going on in their midsth and what is being done to deal with it? Reaping the Whirlwind
  • Score: 1

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