Minister says flood-hit
rivers in Somerset will be dredged
in Somerset are to be dredged as soon as the current high flooding
water levels drop, the Prime Minister announced on Wednesday.
Cameron made the statement during Prime Minister's Questions,
saying "Dredging will start again as soon as it is practical."
also said high-volume pumps would be brought in to help tackle
the problem alongside those already being operated by the Environment
comments were welcomed by Somerset County Council Leader John
Osman, who said: "This is just what we wanted to hear from
have lobbied hard to get national attention, we are in a Major
Incident due to the extent and length of time that much of the
county is flooded."
we have the PM behind us, people can start to believe that real
action, dredging the rivers, sorting the drainage systems, protecting
our communities will really happen. I am delighted to hear this."
spokesman for the campaign group FLAG Somerset - Flooding on the
Levels Action Group - added: "FLAG thinks this is excellent
news and we would like to thank everyone who has backed our campaign
as well as the local community for their massive support."
will continue to work with all agencies involved to ensure a better
future for the levels."
Burnham's BARB crews helping the flood relief work in Somerset