FLOODING

SEVERE FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE

  

Two severe Flood Warnings remain in place as issued by the Environment Agency on Wednesday. Water levels have risen in Moorland by 7mm overnight with levels continuing to rise. Water is rising by approximately 5mm per hour, this per hour rate is expected to increase overnight.

 


Latest information on properties (not exact): roughly 36 people remain in Moorland across roughly 16 properties. Moorland village hall is now flooded, the 24hr police-manned information and support centre has now moved to the Old School House in Moorland.

 

Travel to the Moorland area should be avoided as the area is inaccessible to normal vehicles and 4 x 4’s- it is now only accessible by boat. SDC were tasked with setting-up transportation cell this morning, which will include fire and rescue, county, SDC and military. SDC set-up the cell with SCC now leading this activity.

 

Sedgemoor Direct has extended opening hours at present- they are open 8-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Calls in relation to flood response will be prioritised with other callers asked to contact us in normal operating hours if calls are queued to be answered. CCTV will provide an emergency 24-7 service outside of Sedgemoor Directs opening hours.

 0845 4082540

The SDC-staffed rest centre is still open on a 24/7 basis. The rest centre address is Westfield Church, West street, Bridgwater, TA6 7EU. There is food, drink, showers and toilets available. There is a childrens play space. Domestic pets are accepted (cats need to be in suitable carriers).

Bedding, towels and pet food donations are being logged by Sedgemoor Direct- 0845 408 2540. No more food or drink offers for the rest centre are requested. A steady stream of offers have been coming in all day today. These offers are being forwarded to the flood contact list who can check this spreadsheet at 2-hourly intervals if, and when, support is needed.

 

Offers of accommodation (spare rooms) are being logged by Sedgemoor Direct and then passed to Housing Advice and the rest centre manager on shift. Again steady stream of offers coming in.

 

Offers of Financial support are being directed to the Somerset Community Foundation Flood Relief fund: http://www.somersetcf.org.uk/

 

Offers related to livestock (haulage, land, feed) are being directed to call the Police at 101 and make contact with animal cell.

 

Sandbags and portaloos continue to be distributed by Clean Surrounds- as requested- with our depot operating an emergency duty rota for the weekend. Contact via Sedgemoor Direct or CCTV out of hours number.

 

SDC continue to lead the animal welfare cell and have been working closely with Defra and Trading Standards to ensure, where requested, livestock and domestic animals are moved to places of safety. Enquiries to be directed to Police via 101. Offers related to livestock (haulage, land, feed) are being directed to call 101 and make contact with animal cell.

 

All media enquiries are being handled by the media cell based in Taunton.


 F.L.A.G CONTACT DETAILS;-

The Flooding on the Levels action group are best placed 'on the ground' to advise on where suppport is needed and have set up a list of contact numbers.The FLAG help coordination will try to help you :


Housing: Liz Johnson 07743 817197, Helen 07919 095456
Hot meals/food: Shell Fisher: 07984 351977
Animals: Helen Toye: 07516 140048
Agricultural ; Rebecca Horsington 07800 778885
Sandbags and general help Tim Holmes : 07715 271618
Transport: Jo Prewett 07825 638472
Drop Off Points ; Danielle McIntyre 07765 344250


Please contact them if you need or can offer local help. They say " if you're not sure it doesn't matter, we will try and help you but with such great volume of requests please also be patient. If you are in a life threatening situation always call 999"


- To speak to your local Environment Agency Duty Officer, call the Incident Communication Service on 0845 850 3518.

- Advise the public to call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 using quickdial 164025 for up-to-date flooding information.

- The Environment Agency website contains details of river level and flooding information and can be accessed at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

- Please report any flooding in your area to your local Environment Agency office. 

BACKGROUND

Bridgwater is , as a rule , at serious risk of flooding. The Westover ward is largely above the water line as it contains the  ancient heights upon which the castle was built  and extends to the foothills of Hamp Hill. However, the entire town east of the river is potentially Marineville.

On 3rd January 2014 the River Parret burst it's banks into the Westover ward at Blake Gardens, and combined with the nearby Mill stream overflowing affected properties in St Saviours avenue. At the same time the tidal surge at 0745 reach above the arch of the town bridge .

Water appearing in nearby west quay came up via the drains, which had clearly failed.

To keep abreast of developments look at the floodmap attached and keep in touch with the ENVIRONMENT AGENCY WEB SITE.

 

The relevant SEDGEMOOR link for sandbags etc is at

 Residents wishing to collect sandbags, should contact Sedgemoor District Council on 0845 408 2540, to check when the depot is open for collections.  The Council will keep the stock of sandbags at the Council Depot at Colley Lane, Bridgwater (Postcode TA6 5LB). The Council cannot guarantee the provision of sandbags outside of normal working hours.

The map above is the floodzone RISK area as identified by the ENVIRONMENT AGENCY. The EA is severely under-resourced and under increasing pressure to take  expensive actions such as re-introduce dredging to the river. This concern is very well founded. Only a short time ago in 1607  (in geo-history terms) Somerset reverted to it's state at the time of King Alfred (the 9th century) when a tsunami hit the area. The map below shows exactly what it looked like in the 9th century and the boundaries of the inundation in 1607.


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