Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Flood Risk warnings

The past couple of years have taught us to be aware of the risk of flooding. The Environment Agency from time to time issues warnings of flood risk, and have just released this one (11/11/14).

Overall there is a low river and surface water flood risk, but we are monitoring river levels closely and working alongside partners, including the Met Office and local authorities – and our gangs will be out across the patch clearing any debris from trash screens and keeping watercourses flowing.

With regards to the Somerset Levels and Moors, the spillway at Hook Bridge on the River Tone is expected to run, however this depends on rainfall totals and is completely normal for the winter period.

Following our discussions with the IDB (Internal Drainage Board) all pumping stations, with the exception of Stanmoor, are going to winter levels (as of this morning). We expect spillways on the River Parrett to run over the next 24hours and are operating Monks Leaze to reduce levels upstream. Once spillways run, we will close Monks Leaze. Again, this is completely normal for the winter period.

As part of the extensive asset repairs programme, we have been out on the ground making our defences more robust and resilient ahead of winter. If needed we have robust contingency plans in place, including dumpy bags and temporary defences.

We are continuing to monitor river levels closely and are working alongside partners.

Please keep yourself safe by checking the gov.uk website and Met Office warning page or follow @EnvAgency or @EnvAgencySW and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook. Sign up to receive free flood warnings at Floodline - 0345 988 1188.

We will continue to keep you informed of the situation.