Monday 27 January 2014
A band of showery rain is forecast to move through the region this evening and tomorrow followed by drier weather on Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rain is possible again on Friday afternoon into Saturday. This will coincide with the high tides on Saturday.
The sandbagging of the defences on the River Parrett is now complete.
There are still five flood warnings in place cross the area; all of which are on the Somerset Levels and Moors.
The levels on the upper reaches of the Somerset Levels and Moors (upstream of Langport) are dropping following the rainfall yesterday. Rivers will remain sensitive and respond quickly to any further rain. Levels on the lower reaches of the catchment are stable but remain high.
Significant issues still include:
- Muchelney, Thorney and Langport – As you will know, the roads leading to the villages of Muchelney and Thorney remain flooded and impassable. Following the rainfall overnight, all Langport pumps were turned off. Levels on the River Parrett have fallen throughout today, because of this we hope to get two pumps at Huish Episcopi, two at Midelney and two at West Sedgemoor operational at approximately 18.00 hours.
Please bear in mind that the rivers continue to react very quickly to additional rainfall and as a result any pumping may be short-term to avoid flooding further downstream. We continue to monitor the situation.
If you or someone you know is in a vulnerable position please contact your local district council for help – South Somerset District Council covers the Muchelney and Thorney area.
- West Sedgemoor – The levels at West Sedgemoor Pumping Station are stable. Following the rainfall overnight, all Langport pumps were turned off. However, levels on the River Parrett have fallen throughout today and this will allow two pumps to become operational in West Sedgemoor at approximately 18.00 hours later today.
The local roads are now impassable and some isolated properties are now cut off. If you or someone you know is in a vulnerable position please contact your local district council for help – South Somerset District Council covers the West Sedgemoor area. We are hoping to operate two pumps from approximately 17.00hours today.
- Curry Moor - The situation on Curry Moor remains the same. The moor is still full and the spillways at Hookbridge and Athelney are still running. We continue to monitor the situation closely at Curry Moor and hope to commence pumping as soon as conditions allow.
Some people have requested that we continue to include information on the local roads. The A361 remains closed and this will be the case until the spillways stop running and we are in a position to start pumping at Curry Moor. The high spring tides at the end of this week (Friday 31 January – Monday 3 February) will also impact on our ability to pump.
- Saltmoor and Northmoor - Pumping stations are still operating at full capacity. An additional fifteen temporary pumps are still operating to support these pumping stations. You will be aware; the only remaining access road to Moorland is impassable for smaller vehicles. Stathe Road from Burrowbridge to Stathe also remains impassable for smaller vehicles. Levels have stabilised at Saltmoor as a result of the continual pumping. Levels at Northmoor are also stable at the pumping station.
- Sowy – The levels on the Sowy stabilised and are now receding. However, further rainfall may raise levels again due to increased depth over the spillways. The A372 between Othery and Langport is now passable.
- Westonzoyland – Levels have stabilised. The temporary pumps remain in place at Westonzoyland Pumping Station. Levels have also stabilised on the King’s Sedgemoor Drain.
- Kingsmoor - Levels in Kingsmoor remain stable.
- Brue and Axe – River levels in the catchment remain high but stable with no significant issues.
It is important to note that this is an ever-changing situation. Managing the pumping operations is a fine balance – we need to ensure that by lowering water levels in one area, it does not increase the flood risk to property in another.
Please be assured that we continue to monitor levels in the catchments 24 hours a day and operate additional pumps as soon as it is possible to do so. You will appreciate that because the flooding is widespread, we have to consider the effects of flood water throughout the area and operate the different pumping stations accordingly.
It is important to bear in mind that any further rainfall will cause the rivers to rise and could alter any pumping regime.
Any information on road closures are to the best of our knowledge – please contact the Highways Department at Somerset County Council for more information.
For weather updates please keep an eye on local TV and radio and visit our website to see the flood warnings in force. Click here for latest details.
Our Incident Hotline No is 0800 807060 and ask to speak to the Flood Incident Duty Officer for the area.
Floodline No: 0845 988 188.