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Somerset floods: Met Office says snow could fall as ice warning issued

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Rain hits county on Sunday morning.

  • Somerset Levels at risk of further flooding.
  • Met Office issues ice warning and says risk of snow overnight on Sunday.
  • Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to visit communities on Monday.

  • Comments


    nat_11 1:03pm Sun 26 Jan 14

    the government are probably thinking that if they leave the floods to continue, Devon Cornwall and Somerset will eventually be an island, then they can construct a bridge to a charge a toll to cross there! -

    Score: 21
    St. Austell 2:51pm Sun 26 Jan 14

    This years serious flooding of the Somerset Levels demonstrates yet again policies driven by cost cutting resulting in poor maintenance of waterways.
    In the past I recall seeing machines dredging waterways on the Levels in order to obviate major problems. Didn't see such operations in recent years. The result a major problem which will not be solved by conciliatory words alone from politicians who aren't really interested since the voters on the Levels can not themselves influence the result of the next general election.

    Score: 12
    deanrc 8:33pm Sun 26 Jan 14

    Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.

    Score: 8
    nat_11 12:29am Mon 27 Jan 14

    its a really sad article actually, thinking about it, in one column the papers stating that properties are worth nearly a million, but blatantly the people living in this area wouldn't be able to sell there properties, or they would be worth next to nothing from the damage that this is causing, its abhorrent ignorance by the people maintained the area before, it never flooded this bad three years ago, and now the area turned into a swamp!

    Score: 7
    nat_11 1:07am Mon 27 Jan 14

    deanrc wrote…


    Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.

    a warm welcome to the secretary - that's a joke, I'd throw him in it, he probably thought that the dredging wasn't necessary in the first place, causing this!

    Score: 7
    deanrc 7:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

    Nat_11 'warm' was meant very sarcastically, I share your sentiments completely. I'm sure he'll do a lot of hand wringing and hollow promises today

    Score: 3

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