for River Parrett tidal surge barrier near Burnham unveiled
Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District Council have met to
discuss proposals for a new flood prevention barrier on the River
Parrett, near Burnham-On-Sea.
planned structure, pictured, is one of several actions that have
been proposed to reduce the risk of more Somerset flooding in
the future as part of Somersets Flood Action Plan.
tidal surge barrier - which would operate to exclude the highest
tides and provide protection from storms - is believed to provide
the best long term flood protection.
spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The technical review provides up to date evidence and analysis
of flood risk and infrastructure options."
work funded so far by the Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District
Council, is very important."
are working closely with the Environment Agency to accelerate
the delivery of a barrier and improve flood protection for local
homes and businesses."
council added that the review is part of an ongoing process, pointing
out that no final decisions have been made about the style, design
or exact location of the barrier which will be the subject of
review has drawn upon experience from flooding in 2014 and 2013,
as well as information gathered from The Environment Agency, Sedgemoor
District Council and the Internal Drainage Boards.
plans come one week after separate proposals were put forward
for a power-generating
tidal lagoon in Bridgwater Bay.