Dredging work starts of River Parrett and River Tone following Somerset floods

Dredging begins in Burrowbridge today

Dredging has begun along the River Parrett today. Picture by Clayton Jane claytonjane.co.uk

Picture by Clayton Jane claytonjane.co.uk

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THE first part of the massive dredging operation on the rivers Parrett and Tone began today (March 31) as dredging equipment arrived in Burrowbridge.

At 8.30am, a 22-tonne excavator and a dumper truck arrived at Millwood Farm to start dredging a 200-metre stretch of the river.

The Environment Agency has said it will begin dreding the Parrett between Burrowbridge and Andersea, and the Tone between Burrowbridge and Curload.

A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: "In the next five to six weeks they will be working on dredging where the silt accumulation is at its worst.

"There is no set time frame yet for how long the entire dredging operation will take. We will go for as long as it takes."

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10:14am Mon 31 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

Better late than never!
Better late than never! Slow down!
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12:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ricardos says...

This needs to be done every year not just as a knee-jerk reaction to the national press. We get more like the old 'Easterm Bloc' every year, throw lots of borrowed money at new high profile projects, ie. HS2 , but keep nothing in the bank for on-going maintenence because that may not be our problem after the next General Election and, with luck, we may not have to foot the bill and face the tax-payers who always pick up the bill.
This needs to be done every year not just as a knee-jerk reaction to the national press. We get more like the old 'Easterm Bloc' every year, throw lots of borrowed money at new high profile projects, ie. HS2 , but keep nothing in the bank for on-going maintenence because that may not be our problem after the next General Election and, with luck, we may not have to foot the bill and face the tax-payers who always pick up the bill. Ricardos
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

feeby12007 says...

So everyone's Council Tax is being raised to fund this dredging and the rest of us who were affected by flooding get diddly squat. The local people should foot the bill for choosing to live on a floodplain in the first place.
So everyone's Council Tax is being raised to fund this dredging and the rest of us who were affected by flooding get diddly squat. The local people should foot the bill for choosing to live on a floodplain in the first place. feeby12007
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3:50pm Tue 1 Apr 14

twinkles says...

feeby12007 wrote:
So everyone's Council Tax is being raised to fund this dredging and the rest of us who were affected by flooding get diddly squat. The local people should foot the bill for choosing to live on a floodplain in the first place.
Utter tosh. If you're that hard-of-thinking how on earth did you manage to write this!? Has anyone's Council tax gone up to pay for it? Figures and facts, please.

You know nothing about the people 'who live on a flood plain'. Some of them don't actually live on a flood plain, but their lives have been affected forever. They ARE footing the bill for this; you think they can get home insurance? You think they can replace wedding albums? You think the historic cars, lovingly restored etc can be replaced?

Get on out to Fordgate or Moorland, roll your sleeves up and get some clue before trip-trapping.
[quote][p][bold]feeby12007[/bold] wrote: So everyone's Council Tax is being raised to fund this dredging and the rest of us who were affected by flooding get diddly squat. The local people should foot the bill for choosing to live on a floodplain in the first place.[/p][/quote]Utter tosh. If you're that hard-of-thinking how on earth did you manage to write this!? Has anyone's Council tax gone up to pay for it? Figures and facts, please. You know nothing about the people 'who live on a flood plain'. Some of them don't actually live on a flood plain, but their lives have been affected forever. They ARE footing the bill for this; you think they can get home insurance? You think they can replace wedding albums? You think the historic cars, lovingly restored etc can be replaced? Get on out to Fordgate or Moorland, roll your sleeves up and get some clue before trip-trapping. twinkles
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10:52am Wed 9 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

twinkles wrote:
feeby12007 wrote:
So everyone's Council Tax is being raised to fund this dredging and the rest of us who were affected by flooding get diddly squat. The local people should foot the bill for choosing to live on a floodplain in the first place.
Utter tosh. If you're that hard-of-thinking how on earth did you manage to write this!? Has anyone's Council tax gone up to pay for it? Figures and facts, please.

You know nothing about the people 'who live on a flood plain'. Some of them don't actually live on a flood plain, but their lives have been affected forever. They ARE footing the bill for this; you think they can get home insurance? You think they can replace wedding albums? You think the historic cars, lovingly restored etc can be replaced?

Get on out to Fordgate or Moorland, roll your sleeves up and get some clue before trip-trapping.
Twinkles, I do not often get behind your sentiments, but on this I'm with you
Feeby12007 is living in "CloudCuccoo land, her Comments re Residents living on Flood Plains, is darn right. Insulting to those residents who were abandoned by the EA and their properties allowed to become a Victim of EA Policy, the Villages of Moorland, Athelney, BurrowBridge, Muchelney, and the other Hamlets that Make up "The Moors & Levels, in Sedgemoor Somerset., Not FLOODPLAINS, the Land around Langport, Middlezoy, Westonzoyland, Chedzoy, has been inundated with Excess Flood water, due to bad Planning, and Water Management, by the Environment Agency, in their Ivory Tower, on East Quay "aptly Named Rivers House".
Off which, I was almost Driven to Rename ' Dredge Our Rivers House ', as it seems Graffitii is widely accepted in our Town, as the "Artists" never get Prosecuted for their hideous Artwork, on Private Canvasses. But , u guessed I Bottled Out, as they Surely Would Have Prosecuted me !!!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]feeby12007[/bold] wrote: So everyone's Council Tax is being raised to fund this dredging and the rest of us who were affected by flooding get diddly squat. The local people should foot the bill for choosing to live on a floodplain in the first place.[/p][/quote]Utter tosh. If you're that hard-of-thinking how on earth did you manage to write this!? Has anyone's Council tax gone up to pay for it? Figures and facts, please. You know nothing about the people 'who live on a flood plain'. Some of them don't actually live on a flood plain, but their lives have been affected forever. They ARE footing the bill for this; you think they can get home insurance? You think they can replace wedding albums? You think the historic cars, lovingly restored etc can be replaced? Get on out to Fordgate or Moorland, roll your sleeves up and get some clue before trip-trapping.[/p][/quote]Twinkles, I do not often get behind your sentiments, but on this I'm with you Feeby12007 is living in "CloudCuccoo land, her Comments re Residents living on Flood Plains, is darn right. Insulting to those residents who were abandoned by the EA and their properties allowed to become a Victim of EA Policy, the Villages of Moorland, Athelney, BurrowBridge, Muchelney, and the other Hamlets that Make up "The Moors & Levels, in Sedgemoor Somerset., Not FLOODPLAINS, the Land around Langport, Middlezoy, Westonzoyland, Chedzoy, has been inundated with Excess Flood water, due to bad Planning, and Water Management, by the Environment Agency, in their Ivory Tower, on East Quay "aptly Named Rivers House". Off which, I was almost Driven to Rename ' Dredge Our Rivers House ', as it seems Graffitii is widely accepted in our Town, as the "Artists" never get Prosecuted for their hideous Artwork, on Private Canvasses. But , u guessed I Bottled Out, as they Surely Would Have Prosecuted me !!!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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