declares major incident over flooding as more rain
County Council has declared a 'major incident' for all areas affected
by flooding across the county.
in the day, Sedgemoor District Council made the same announcement
for its own flood-affected areas.
follows forecasts of further heavy rain coupled with high spring
tides next week that could cause more flooding.
Rickards, chief executive at Sedgemoor District Council, said:
"Several Sedgemoor communities have been severely affected
by the floodwaters for some weeks now."
significant rainfall expected over the coming days we feel this
situation needs to be escalated as a major incident."
District Council would like to extend its continued sympathy for
the residents, business owners and farmers affected by flooding."
authority is providing sandbags to affected homes and portable
toilets where septic tanks have become overwhelmed. It is also
on standby to provide temporary accommodation and rest centres
County Council has backed Sedgemoors decision. Deputy council
leader David Hall said: "The Met Office is forecasting more
rain this weekend leading to an increase in flood water levels
across the county."
also expect further high tides next week that will make the situation
worse. We will continue to support residents affected by floods.
We have recently extended our boat service for stranded residents
in Muchelney and Thorney, we are helping communities strengthen
their flood defences and will continue to ensure vulnerable people
Burnham's BARB boat crew in action during this month's floods