LiveSomerset floods: Met Office says snow could fall as ice warning issued

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Summary

  • Rain hits county on Sunday morning.
  • Somerset Levels at risk of further flooding.
  • Met Office issues ice warning and says risk of snow overnight on Sunday.
  • Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to visit communities on Monday.

9:07am

For updates from Monday (January 27), click here.

9:47pm

On that note, I'm signing off for the night.

We'll have more updates and the latest on the Environment Secretary's visit tomorrow.

9:40pm

It appears Owen Paterson was in Bridgwater tonight for a briefing at Sedgemoor District Council but will not be visiting the levels until Monday.

 

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8:33pm Sun 26 Jan 14

deanrc says

Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.

9:23pm

Avon and Somerset Police's Local Resilience Forum's Strategic Co-ordination Group (SCG) met again this evening to discuss the latest situation with the flooding affecting communities in Somerset.

The meeting, chaired by Ass Ch Con Louisa Rolfe involved:

• Somerset County Council
• Sedgemoor District Council
• Taunton Deane Borough Council
• South Somerset District Council
• Emergency services including fire, ambulance and police
• NHS and Public Health England
• Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
• Bristol Water and Wessex Water
• Western Power Distribution
• Military
• Environment Agency
• The Met Office

A statement said: "The gold group evaluated the hard work which has taken place over the weekend and looked at how further support will be provided to people living in the flood-hit communities.

"Working alongside the Met Office and the Environment Agency, the group was informed that despite further unsettled weather forecast for the next week, water levels are unlikely to rise and any net change in water levels are predicted to be very small.

"The group also heard how people living in properties identified as being at risk of flooding have been visited over the weekend by either the emergency services, local authorities or local utility companies.

"The purpose of these visits has been to provide advice and guidance on behalf of all agencies involved in the SCG and to find out residents' needs and listen to their concerns.

"All the information gathered will be collated and reviewed by the local authorities, supported by other agencies, so the affected communities get all the help they need, including ensuring everyone has continuing access to fuel, healthcare, food and sanitation.

"The group will meet again later in the week to monitor progress."

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This video below has appeared on YouTube.

Phil Brewin (@waterlevels) tweeted: "Please drive slowly through floodwater: this red Discovery threw water into @full2001 mum's house."

7:09pm

It looks like the A358 Tower Hill at Williton has re-opened.

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It appears that Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will now be visiting Somerset on Monday.

Defra orginally announced his visit would be today.

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A yellow warning of ice has now been issued by the Met Office, who says there is a chance of snow in parts of Somerset.

The warning is in place from 6pm this evening until 10am on Monday.

A forecaster said: "Showers of rain, sleet and snow will continue overnight. Clear skies between showers are expected to allow temperatures to fall to around freezing resulting in a risk of icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces.

"The public should be aware of the potential for some disruption to travel."

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2:51pm Sun 26 Jan 14

St. Austell says

This years serious flooding of the Somerset Levels demonstrates yet again policies driven by cost cutting resulting in poor maintenance of waterways.
In the past I recall seeing machines dredging waterways on the Levels in order to obviate major problems. Didn't see such operations in recent years. The result a major problem which will not be solved by conciliatory words alone from politicians who aren't really interested since the voters on the Levels can not themselves influence the result of the next general election.

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At 12.40pm, most of the pumps in operation were at Northmoor (12) and Saltmoor (ten).

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This morning, the Environment Agency said it had 43 pumps gushing water from the levels.

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People living in the areas around the Somerset Levels are being reminded not to attempt to wade or travel through flood water.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is requesting people to stay out of flood water.

A spokesman said: "If a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected. This includes driving, walking, riding a horse, canoes and inflatable boats as the flooded area hide many dangers."

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust added: "It is important to stay safe and stay informed. Please take note of all available advice regarding heavy rainfall and flooding.

"For those in the affected areas with ongoing medical conditions we would urge you to ensure you are fully stocked-up on your regular medications so you don’t have to venture out during periods of severe weather.

"The public can be reassured that all emergency, public and health services are working together to provide a safe and effective service to all affected communities."

12:58pm

The A358 Tower Hill at Williton is closed due to flooding near Croft Meadows, by the railway bridge. Diversions are in place.

Keep up to date at our live traffic and travel page.

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Environment Agency says there are currently ten flood warnings and 29 flood alerts in the South-West.

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The Environment Agency says new flood alerts have been issued for River Tone catchment and East and South Somerset rivers.

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Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, is due in Somerset today to visit people affected by flooding.

I think it's safe to say there'll be a lot of unhappy people asking why this wasn't prevented given earlier warnings at the end of 2012.

This is The West Country: STATEMENT: Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

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The Environment Agency currently has eight flood warnings and 21 flood alerts in place.

For flooding advice, visit its website.

9:58am

RAIN has fallen in many parts of Somerset this morning (January 26) adding misery to those already at serious risk of further flooding.

As expected, many woke up to heavy rain as the Met Office issued an amber warning for the region between 6am and 2pm.

Around 10 to 20mm of rain is expected to fall and those living in the flood-hit Somerset Levels are being urged to prepare for further flooding.

A forecaster said: "More heavy rain will spread east across the area on Sunday. Given the current disruption on the Somerset Levels, the public should be prepared for further flooding."

On the roads, the A361 at Burrowbridge is still closed as is the Long Load Bridge in Long Load, South Somerset.

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1:03pm Sun 26 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

the government are probably thinking that if they leave the floods to continue, Devon Cornwall and Somerset will eventually be an island, then they can construct a bridge to a charge a toll to cross there! -
the government are probably thinking that if they leave the floods to continue, Devon Cornwall and Somerset will eventually be an island, then they can construct a bridge to a charge a toll to cross there! - nat_11
  • Score: 21

2:51pm Sun 26 Jan 14

St. Austell says...

This years serious flooding of the Somerset Levels demonstrates yet again policies driven by cost cutting resulting in poor maintenance of waterways.
In the past I recall seeing machines dredging waterways on the Levels in order to obviate major problems. Didn't see such operations in recent years. The result a major problem which will not be solved by conciliatory words alone from politicians who aren't really interested since the voters on the Levels can not themselves influence the result of the next general election.
This years serious flooding of the Somerset Levels demonstrates yet again policies driven by cost cutting resulting in poor maintenance of waterways. In the past I recall seeing machines dredging waterways on the Levels in order to obviate major problems. Didn't see such operations in recent years. The result a major problem which will not be solved by conciliatory words alone from politicians who aren't really interested since the voters on the Levels can not themselves influence the result of the next general election. St. Austell
  • Score: 12

8:33pm Sun 26 Jan 14

deanrc says...

Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.
Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives. deanrc
  • Score: 8

12:29am Mon 27 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

its a really sad article actually, thinking about it, in one column the papers stating that properties are worth nearly a million, but blatantly the people living in this area wouldn't be able to sell there properties, or they would be worth next to nothing from the damage that this is causing, its abhorrent ignorance by the people maintained the area before, it never flooded this bad three years ago, and now the area turned into a swamp!
its a really sad article actually, thinking about it, in one column the papers stating that properties are worth nearly a million, but blatantly the people living in this area wouldn't be able to sell there properties, or they would be worth next to nothing from the damage that this is causing, its abhorrent ignorance by the people maintained the area before, it never flooded this bad three years ago, and now the area turned into a swamp! nat_11
  • Score: 7

1:07am Mon 27 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

deanrc wrote:
Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.
a warm welcome to the secretary - that's a joke, I'd throw him in it, he probably thought that the dredging wasn't necessary in the first place, causing this!
[quote][p][bold]deanrc[/bold] wrote: Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.[/p][/quote]a warm welcome to the secretary - that's a joke, I'd throw him in it, he probably thought that the dredging wasn't necessary in the first place, causing this! nat_11
  • Score: 7

7:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

deanrc says...

Nat_11 'warm' was meant very sarcastically, I share your sentiments completely. I'm sure he'll do a lot of hand wringing and hollow promises today
Nat_11 'warm' was meant very sarcastically, I share your sentiments completely. I'm sure he'll do a lot of hand wringing and hollow promises today deanrc
  • Score: 3

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