Wednesday, 25 June 2014

EA Community Newsletter ~2

The Environment Agency is now issuing regular update newsletters to keep local communities in the picture for a very complex series of actions to alleviate flooding in the future.

You can view it on-line here. If you would like to be added to the distribution list to receive these updates directly, please email EA.  Here are some highlights:
Kings Sedgemoor Drain under stormy sky
Sowy/Kings Sedgemoor Drain (KSD) improvements

We are assessing improvements for the River Sowy and KSD so that in a future flood we could quickly and more easily divert water from the River Parrett through to Dunball. This would lower the levels in the River Parrett sufficiently to enable us to operate the pumping stations to help lower water levels on the moors around Langport, and to a lesser degree around West Sedgemoor, Currymoor and Northmoor.

We are currently project planning/scoping the work and hope to have a consultant appointed by the end of July. We will work with communities and our professional partners to agree aims and to include them in the development of the options. By the autumn we will have assessed a range of options to see what is feasible. We will need partnership funding to build the scheme.

Dredging update:
This week we've dredged 2.2km of river bank on the Parrett and Tone and removed 25,000m3 of silt. We are currently continuing to work downstream on the River Parrett towards Westonzoyland Pumping Station, and we have two gangs working on the Tone between Athelney Road Bridge and Creeds Farm.

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