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Further rain continues to leave Somerset Levels on flood alert
Updated 8:26am Monday 3rd February 2014 in Somerset
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- Five flood warnings in place on the Somerset Levels
- 70mph winds and heavy rain expected to hit south-west England and Wales
- Forecasters warn of more heavy rain showers and the possibility of snow
JACK Daly, aged 14, sent in this photo of the flooded Blake Gardens in Bridgwater.
AVON and Somerset police have just released the following statement:
Police horses are being deployed to the Somerset Levels as part of our continuing effort to help and reassure residents affected by the floods.
They are joining increased numbers of neighbourhood officers in the area, as well as Special Constables. It has also been arranged that officers will make regular patrols day and night to provide a high-visibility presence and reassurance to residents.
Today, Sunday Feb 2 we had volunteers going from house to house across the Levels, knocking on doors to check on occupiers and see if there are any concerns or needs, like fuel and water.
As part of our policing co-ordination role as the floods continue, we are looking to help to arrange weekly community meetings, where people can ask the authorities questions and be kept up to date with any developments.
We’re asking people not to be flood tourists and not to travel to the Somerset Levels if they don’t have a legitimate reason. It can hamper the work of the various agencies here, and can actually put people in danger.
Four extra High Volume Pumps requested from Fire & Rescue Services around the country have arrived on the Levels. They will be ready to be called upon in addition to the eight already at work, as precaution in case more capacity is needed or to cover any breakdowns and maintenance.
A public access defibrillator was installed in the church hall in Muchelney by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. It’s hoped the equipment will provide extra reassurance to residents that help is available should there be a medical emergency.
Residents are being asked to take sensible precautions with floodwater. It naturally, contains bacteria but so long as it is not drunk or bathed in, it should pose no risk to public health. However, people should take care to wash hands regularly, clean food preparation services, and not eat food touched by floodwater.
We’re asking people across the Levels to be on alert for any suspicious people or vehicles, particularly during the hours of darkness. It follows the theft of around 600 gallons of domestic heating oil from a farm in Moorland, probably overnight from Jan 31-Feb 1. Anyone with information, or who sees anything suspicious, is asked to call 101 or 999 in an emergency.
200mph jet stream blowing above the N Atlantic early next week. Another big #ukstorm for us! http://t.co/898s24fMBS http://t.co/uXdzBQPEuD— @WeatherCast_UK 02 February 2014
SUNNY spells and showers are forecast for this evening but the Met has issued severe weather warnings for rain for tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday.
A chief forecaster said: “Another spell of wet and windy weather is expected to cross the area from the west during Monday.
“Outbreaks of heavy rain will be accompanied by strengthening southerly winds which may also combine with high tides to increase the risk of coastal flooding in exposed locations.”
RT @DSFireUpdates: Four extra high volume pumps have been called to #SomersetLevels as back up #Somersetfloods http://t.co/sgNfZIBqjw http:…— @DFRSFireControl 02 February 2014
River Parrett bursting it's bank at Burrowbridge http://t.co/ZKy75OAZbL— @spencer68 02 February 2014
#FLAG Tidewatch at Burrowbridge this morning http://t.co/pqYSy8U8aN— @dredgetherivers 02 February 2014
@CountyGazette Pumping Stations at Dawn on the Somerset Levels http://t.co/m4QCXtTfyI http://t.co/fw5kDwp6zo— @CJphotos1 02 February 2014
A Microbiologist for Sky News has tested floodwater on the Levels and found it contains 60 times the amount of safe bacteria for agricultural water.
The tests revealed the water contained 60,000 to 70,000 bacteria per 100 millilitres.
The World Health Organisation says agricultural water should have no more than 1,000 bacteria per 100 millilitres.
Bathing water should have no more than 500 bacteria per 100 millilitres.
FOUR extra high volume pumps have been requested from other fire and rescue services across the country to join the eight pumps already in operation.
Members of the armed forces are on stand-by to help villages in Somerset cut off by the floods.
THE Somerset Levels has five flood warnings in place after heavy rain continues to cause problems.
Yesterday, the River Parrett burst its banks at Burrowbridge due to the high spring tide but no properties were damaged.
The warnings from the Environment Agency include the River Yeo between Yeovil and Langport and the River Parrett at Westover Trading Estate.
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