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    peterla wrote:
    No mention yet of any other action to prevent future flooding. Will it be dredging only and forget it till next time? After all, dredging a river that is virtually at sea level will not achieve much, when will we hear about the rest of the action?

    And we need action across the catchment area. An enormous new tarmac drive has appeared recently in Ilminster. It will allow more rapid runoff and contribute, just a little, to the next event... Is there the necessary awareness across the area? How are we going to raise it?

    Peter Lansdown
    South Somerset Green Party
    How do you know that the "enormous new tarmac drive" hasn't got an equally enormous storm water attenuation system below it?"
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Owen Paterson reassured Somerset dredging is on target - Environment Agency

Owen Paterson observing dredging on the Somerset Levels. Photo: Twitter @EnvAgencySW.

Owen Paterson observing dredging on the Somerset Levels. Photo: Twitter @EnvAgencySW.

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ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson visited Somerset today (May 30) to see first-hand how dredging on the Levels is progressing.

Dredging of the River Parrett is currently ongoing and Mr Paterson was reassured it is on schedule to finish in October, the Environment Agency said after his visit.

It comes after the Agency announced it was looking at the possibility of some weekend working "as a further contingency," on top of the current Monday to Friday schedule.

So far, diggers have removed around 13,050m³ of silt over a 445-metre length. 

Work to dredge the River Tone was due to start week and the Agency said staff have completed the work package at Moorland House Farm and are on schedule on the Parrett.

Bosses are confident work should be complete by October, barring any "adverse weather." 

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