LiveFLOODS LATEST: Earth wall being built at Huntworth to protect Bridgwater from flooding

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  • Flood warning issued for Sampford Brett
  • Military arrive in Curload
  • Rail line re-opens at Crewkerne but Bridgwater line remains flooded

8:35pm

Yeovil Express:

The military assisted the people in Curload today by delivering and placing sandbags.

Members of the 40 Commando unit based in Taunton were up and down the road at Curload and into Athelney placing sandbags in people's doorways and by their back garden walls.

Chris Stanton, a member of the 40 Commando unit, said: "We got here around midday and have been placing sandbags all day."

Chris's told the Gazette that his mum is an avid reader. He said: "She'll cut this out and put it on the wall when she sees this."

Yeovil Express:

Steve and Sarah Griffiths are one of the houses in danger in Curload who the military were helping.

Steve said: "The Environment Agency came here a few days ago to identify the areas in danger.

"The military have been excellent. There is so much community work going on. These guys have been a great deal of help."

8:30pm

The work being done at Dunball to install the pumps from Netherlands. When installed, the pumps will transfer water from the King Sedgemoor drain to the River Parrett.

7:55pm

An earth wall is being built at Huntworth to protect Bridgwater from flooding.

The wall, for which building has begun just south of Huntworth, is designed to hold the water encroaching from Northmoor and into Bridgwater.

The water held by this earth wall will be pumped by new pumps brought in from The Netherlands into the River Parrett. 

Ian Withers, strategic manager for the scheme at the Environment Agency, said: "We have agreement from the Highways Agency and we're in talks with National Rail at the moment. It's not yet formalised."

A second scheme is being set up at Dunball to pump water from King Sedgemoor Drain into the Parrett.

Construction equipment was digging there today for the pumps to be installed.

Mr Withers said: "We have a number of pumps from Netherlands. We will be lifting water out of the King Sedgemoor and to the River Parrett."

1:15pm

Yeovil Express:

The scene in Moorland as the BARB help with the flood rescue operations.

Yeovil Express:

A severe flood warning remains in place for Moorland as water levels continue to rise.

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1:06pm

The rail line has re-opened at Crewkerne following the damage caused by a landslip yesterday.

Trains can now run between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction.

1:02pm

12:34pm

12:33pm

The military have arrived in Curload to assist with sandbagging the bank of the River Tone.

12:28pm

12:23pm

Yeovil Express:

A car wash along the River Parrett at Langport.

Photos: Geoff Hall

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11:44am

Large pumps in action at Dunball Wharf and at Seven bends, Othery.

Steve Snook says: "Seeing them is reassuring to know that something is being done to alleviate the flooding."

10:01am

Yeovil Express:

The current train departures from Taunton Rail Station.

8:12am

A flood warning issued by the Environment Agency for West Moor, Hay Moor and Curry Moor has stayed at flood warning status since Christmas Eve.

Another flood warning status for Langport Westover Trading Estate along the River Parrett has been in place since January 2.

No end is in sight for these flood warnings with the River Tone at Curry Moor expected to rise again today with 14mm of rain set to fall.

New Road between North Curry and the A361 remains flooded.

River levels on the River Parrett at Langport are high but stable, with the drain level at Langport Westover pumping station at 8.51 m and currently stable.

The heavy rain is expected to clear up later today.

7:47am

Yeovil Express:

All direct rail lines to the South West have been closed.

Flooding at Athelney between Taunton and Bridgwater means that all mainline routes to the south west from London are closed.

The diversionary route via Yeovil is also closed at Crewkerne because of a landslip and is expected to remain shut for up to a week.

Trains from London to Taunton via Newbury cannot proceed beyond Castle Cary.

Services to Somerset via Bristol will stop at Weston, with a very limited service extending to Bridgwater from Weston.

Replacement bus services will operate from Bridgwater to Taunton.

7:38am

The Environment Agency has issued a new flood warning for Sampford Brett along the Doniford Stream.

Sampford Mill Farm and Sampford Brett Bridge on the A358 are expected to be the worst hit.

Up to 14mm of rain is set to hit today, with the river levels on the Doniford Stream at Sampford Brett and Doniford rising.

Severe flood warnings remain in place for Moorland and for the A361 from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.

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8:36am Sun 9 Feb 14

jill fisher says...

Message to all those caught up in the dreadful flooding from New Zealand
Kia kaha-stay strong,stick together and think of a long hot summer!
Message to all those caught up in the dreadful flooding from New Zealand Kia kaha-stay strong,stick together and think of a long hot summer! jill fisher
  • Score: 9

10:43am Sun 9 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

What get's my goat is that us the tax payers are paying £1000'hr to private companies to give it to shareholders in dividends because of this.
Network rail is owned by the taxpayer, the east coast rail line was handed back to our Government by a company that couldn't make it pay and subsequently has made a profit, what is our Government doing? Handing it back to the private sector.
I myself loved Maggie Thatcher but disagree with some of her policies, eh we can't agree with everything, but the time has come to take the rail companies back into public ownership when their contracts come to an end.
What get's my goat is that us the tax payers are paying £1000'hr to private companies to give it to shareholders in dividends because of this. Network rail is owned by the taxpayer, the east coast rail line was handed back to our Government by a company that couldn't make it pay and subsequently has made a profit, what is our Government doing? Handing it back to the private sector. I myself loved Maggie Thatcher but disagree with some of her policies, eh we can't agree with everything, but the time has come to take the rail companies back into public ownership when their contracts come to an end. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 4

7:01pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Jamie225 says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.
Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - others have been exposing these failings for much longer. Jamie225
  • Score: -1

8:35pm Sun 9 Feb 14

peterc9@rogers.com says...

I remember years ago that because the railway was flooded at Creech St. Michael they had to bring back steam engines to pull the trains through the water!
I remember years ago that because the railway was flooded at Creech St. Michael they had to bring back steam engines to pull the trains through the water! peterc9@rogers.com
  • Score: 6

8:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BaldyLocks says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
What get's my goat is that us the tax payers are paying £1000'hr to private companies to give it to shareholders in dividends because of this.
Network rail is owned by the taxpayer, the east coast rail line was handed back to our Government by a company that couldn't make it pay and subsequently has made a profit, what is our Government doing? Handing it back to the private sector.
I myself loved Maggie Thatcher but disagree with some of her policies, eh we can't agree with everything, but the time has come to take the rail companies back into public ownership when their contracts come to an end.
You pay tax?....what are you..a professional bigot?
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: What get's my goat is that us the tax payers are paying £1000'hr to private companies to give it to shareholders in dividends because of this. Network rail is owned by the taxpayer, the east coast rail line was handed back to our Government by a company that couldn't make it pay and subsequently has made a profit, what is our Government doing? Handing it back to the private sector. I myself loved Maggie Thatcher but disagree with some of her policies, eh we can't agree with everything, but the time has come to take the rail companies back into public ownership when their contracts come to an end.[/p][/quote]You pay tax?....what are you..a professional bigot? BaldyLocks
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Since when was paying tax bigotry?
Since when was paying tax bigotry? FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Fri 14 Feb 14

tom norman says...

what worried me he loved Thatcher aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh
what worried me he loved Thatcher aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh tom norman
  • Score: 1

11:51pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Yes and I loved her Strengths to, she was determined to not be overwhelmed by Arthur Scargill and the Miners Union. They would, had they won called out the Dockers to Paralyse the Country. Maggie was the Sir Winston Churchill of
1970's, what she achieved was Stability, a chance for the Country, which had been rocked by Strike after Strike, similar to the Present Day Unions attempting to Over-through the Legitimate elected Government. Through disputes that could be settled through Arbitration, as they should, but no the Unions want a Battle as they did in the 70's..
Next week it the Teachers, last two weeks the Rail and Underground Transport Staff, who next the White Collar Civil Servants...........
David L Preece
Blue-Owl.
Yes and I loved her Strengths to, she was determined to not be overwhelmed by Arthur Scargill and the Miners Union. They would, had they won called out the Dockers to Paralyse the Country. Maggie was the Sir Winston Churchill of 1970's, what she achieved was Stability, a chance for the Country, which had been rocked by Strike after Strike, similar to the Present Day Unions attempting to Over-through the Legitimate elected Government. Through disputes that could be settled through Arbitration, as they should, but no the Unions want a Battle as they did in the 70's.. Next week it the Teachers, last two weeks the Rail and Underground Transport Staff, who next the White Collar Civil Servants........... David L Preece Blue-Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: 1

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