THE Environment Agency says it is making good progress inspecting and repairing flood defences damaged during the winter storms and floods.

More than 100 flood defence structures including river banks, pumping stations, sluices, gates and beach defences were damaged earlier this year in Somerset and Dorset.

The Agency says it is working “flat out” to ensure repairs are completed on time and all its defences are in full working order and ready to protect communities from any future flooding.

Robbie Williams, for the Environment Agency, said: “We are targeting and prioritising repairs where there is the greatest flood risk, with the aim to complete work before winter. This will ensure they are ready for any heavy rain and high tides.”

Dredging of the Rivers Parrett and Tone is on target for completion by October.

Repairs are also due to start at Allermoor Spillway.

The contractor, Team Van Oord, have been appointed to repair the damaged defences.