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Sheila Wheeler departs

Somerset County Council faces major questions as one of the worst kept secrets in Somerset, the departure of SCC Chief Executive Sheila Wheeler, was finally confirmed this evening. The announcement will only serve to increase pressure on the Council to reveal the truth behind the move. No ratepayer can be reasonably expected to accept the

Flooding and pumps – an update

We have received the latest update on the flooding situation across the Levels from the Environment Agency at 6pm this evening. Please do share this with those who do not have easy access to the internet and whose homes are under threat. Muchelney, Thorney and Langport – The roads leading to the villages of Muchelney

Flooding information and meeting

The Environment Agency have issued notices to residents around the Aller area that starting on either Monday 17th or Tuesday 18th February, they will start to increase the operation of Monks Lease Clyse to allow more water along the Sowy and Kings Sedgemoor Drain. The EA have assured us that they will continually monitor the

February edition update

Apologies to anyone who hasn’t got their copy of their Langport Leveller for February. By the end of this weekend we will have managed to get most of our copies out, but not all. The floods have made it difficult to reach all of our usual drop points. We are trying to make sure everyone

Flooding on the Levels update

The information below was issued by the Environment Agency yesterday evening. Flood Warnings and Situation update There are still two severe flood warnings in place and four flood warnings. River levels remain very sensitive to further rainfall. Significant issues still include: · Muchelney, Thorney and Langport –The area is still suffering from significant flooding to

February’s Langport Leveller

It is now clear that we are going to struggle to get our papers out on time this month. Please accept our apologies for this. We will of course attempt to get as many out as possible by the 15th. However some villages may not be accessible and a couple of our deliverers are stranded

Public Meeting at Huntworth

A public meeting has been called for tomorrow, Wednesday, 12th February, which it is intended, will be the launch pad for a series of weekly flood surgeries, where residents can get up to date information from the EA, Sedgemoor District Council, the Police and Somerset County Council. This first meeting will be held at 6.00pm

Flooding update lunchtime today

We have just been given the following updates: The Environment Agency acting with partners, including Somerset County Council, local authorities and emergency services are working on a number of short term, emergency options to maximise the amount of floodwater that can be pumped away from the Somerset Levels and Moors  as quickly as possible. These

PM visits Somerset

It barely seems like 3 weeks ago that we couldn’t even get a junior minister to take an interest. Today Prime Minister David Cameron joined the long line of the great and good making their pilgrimage to the waters edge. He met with Somerset County Council Leader John Osman today and thanked him for the work

Moorland evacuated, Aller Road closed

We understand that all residents have now been evacuated from Moorland today and troops from 40 Commando are combing the area to make sure no one has been left behind or needs help. Meanwhile in the day’s most futile exercise, Lord Smith visited Somerset in an effort that most local people see as 5 weeks