Monday, 17 March 2014

Road closures

Even though the water levels are dropping, there are still road closures in operation at Bere Wall (Seven Bends) on the A372, and on Aller Drove, and these will stay in force for some time to allow assessment of the damage to the roads and repairs to take place to make the roads safe. Although some bastions are being removed from the Drove to allow vehicles to reach Longstone Farm, it is not a sign that the road is open! Vehicles operating on this stretch of road will be an added danger.

The latest news from EA about A372 closure is here.
A372 road closures and pump removal

The road closure on the A372 Langport Road will remain in place next week for the removal of flood pumps.

Due to improving conditions and the reduced flow through the Sowy, the large temporary pumps at Beer Wall (A372) near Aller are no longer needed.

These pumps will remain on site over the weekend as the Environment Agency monitor conditions. The Agency expects to begin removing them on Monday, work which is likely to take up to four days.

The A372 will remain closed after the pumps have been removed so that Somerset County Council Highways can assess flood damage and carry out emergency repair works. More information about the continued closure will be shared as soon as it is available.

Repairs are essential to make the road safe and the Council will continue to work with the Environment Agency to re-open it as soon as possible.

Leader of Somerset County Council, John Osman, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this causes for motorists, but the removal of these pumps is at least another positive sign of water levels decreasing. We’re working closely with the Environment Agency, and the other organisations involved in support the flood-affected areas, to return some normality and soon as possible.”

Flow through Monksleaze Clyce is being reduced. This will reduce flows through the Sowy and Kings Sedgemoor Drain system. The Environment Agency will closely monitor the situation to ensure that all pumps at our permanent pumping stations can continue to operate to drain the water levels on the moors.