More Rain on the way as Flooded Communities Continue to Struggle
The Environment Agency has issued 140 flood alerts and 10 serious flood warnings and Somerset County Council have declared a ‘major incident’ as large parts of the county remain underwater.
A tactical command group has been established to try to deal with the effects of flooding. Consisting of representatives of the emergency services, local authorities, health organisations and utility companies. it is likely to face increasing pressure as weather forecasters predict more downpours during the course of the week.
Avon and Somerset police launched a police boat over the weekend to give fire prevention and health and safety advice to residents in the cut-off village of Mulcheney on the Somerset levels. Somerset County Council’s Deputy Chief Executive said; “Our priority has to be to keep people safe. We are doing everything we can to do this, and we believe that declaring a major incident shows just how urgent the situation is for many of our residents and communities.”
Environment Secretary Owen Patterson faced criticism from local residents when he visited some of the flood-affected areas yesterday. Mr Paterson promised a new plan to deal with flooding would be drawn up within six weeks, involving a project to clear the Parrett and Tone rivers.