All Eyes on Westover as Weekend High Tides Approach

George Goodenough explaines the history of drainage in Somerset.
George Goodenough explaines the history of drainage in Somerset.

It’s fair to say that the world’s eyes have been firmly fixed on the Somerset Levels this week as the argument for dredging appears to be won and something seems to be about to be done, but might it not be in time for this weekends predicted high tides?

Journalists from Prague and Barcelona were in town today interviewing residents about their fears for the weekend. Pictured right is St Saviours Avenue resident George Goodenough who explained to them the history of drainage on the Somerset levels going back to the days of King Alfred. Behind him is the Fountain inn on West Quay currently surrounded by sandbags but resolutely open for business.

Flood barrier in St Saviours AvenueThe journos were also shown the impressive flood barrier erected at the junction of St Saviours Avenue and Blake Gardens following concern raised by Westover ward members at the recent Full Council meeting about flooding there on January 4th.

The danger times for this weekend are as follows with High Tides and strong winds forecast:

  • Friday – 19.30
  • Saturday 07.59 and 20.15
  • Sunday 0840 and 21.00

Sunday morning is predicted to be the highest but on Saturday the winds will be stronger.