Category: Flooding

Town Council urges ‘Site 4’ Solution for Tidal Barrier

On Wednesday this week the Environment Agency held it’s public consultation meeting on the future of a Tidal Barrier for the River Parrett  at the Bridgwater Arts Centre and urged people to choose from 5 site options  and 2 barrier models (Thames or Hull). Town Council leader Brian Smedley and Deputy Leader Kathy Pearce (both […]

Flood Defences up in Blake Gardens: “Better safe than sorry” Says Council

Residents have  noticed that the temporary flood defences, built and operated by Sedgemoor District Council,  have again been put in place in Blake Gardens. A Sedgemoor spokesman says “This is to reassure elderly residents in St Saviour’s Avenue that their property should not flood over the Christmas period when higher tides are predicted.They are purely […]

Weekend Storm Warning

Environment Agency staff in Wessex are prepared for the high tides expected from Sunday 10 to Friday 15 August, coupled with the potential arrival of Tropical Storm Bertha on Sunday 10 August. In preparation for this there will be increased activity on the River Parrett banks over the next few days. The areas in particular […]

Deputy Mayor’s concern at river bank slippage

Westover Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Steve Austen, has written to the Group manager (Environment) at Sedgemoor District Council with his concerns about the impact of recent high tides on the riverbank in the ward, particularly at Blake Gardens. Cllr Austen said “ If you stand at the Broadway bridge and look towards the town […]

Spring Tides Underwhelm Westover

The predicted high spring tides this weekend were noticeably underwhelming as flood management staff from all the agencies easily outnumbered water weary flood tourists. Today’s high tides failed to even touch the underside of the town bridge or emerge through the drains of West Quay although a late surge in Blake Gardens did once again […]