The Environment Agency in partnership with Gold and Silver Control have been working on a number of short term, emergency options to maximise the amount of floodwater that can be pumped away from the Somerset Levels and Moors as quickly as possible. This includes options like pumping to the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal, increasing the volume of floodwater that goes down the Sowy (River Parrett Alleviation channel) and pumping at both Beer Wall and Dunball.
Pumping at Beer Wall and Dunball and increase the volume of floodwater going into the Sowy is due to commence by mid week. All risks and benefits across the Somerset Moors and Levels have been considered in making this decision. This is an emergency situation and some very difficult decisions have to be made.
They apologise for the inconvenience caused by road closures and ongoing work.