An aerial view of part of a double rainbow over Thorney and Muchelney surrounded by flood water in 2014.

Get tickets for talks about the future of water in Somerset

The Future of Water in Somerset is the main theme for a thought-provoking and enjoyable evening of talks and questions on Tuesday 14 May at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury. The event's being organised by Somerset Rivers Authority with the South West Heritage Trust. It incudes access to a new show of photographs by the renowned Somerset-based photographer Matilda Temperley, reflecting on ten years since the devastating floods of 2013-14.

SRA sponsors new exhibition of Somerset flood photos by Matilda Temperley

A new show of photographs by renowned Somerset-based photographer Matilda Temperley reflects on ten years since the devastating floods of 2013-14. Called Under the Surface - and supported by Somerset Rivers Authority - the exhibition is at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury from Saturday 2 March to Sunday 19 May.

Ten years since the 2014 floods: resilience and adaptation a key part of Somerset’s future

It's 10 years since the wettest winter for 250 years left large swathes of Somerset underwater for weeks, devastating communities, businesses and farming. Much flood defence and risk management work has since taken place, including many schemes funded or part-funded by Somerset Rivers Authority (launched in 2015). Across Somerset, the impacts of climate change mean that resilience and adaptation to flood risks will gradually need to play a bigger part in Somerset’s future.

“Very wet”: Somerset Levels and Moors briefing 5 January 2024

Storm Henk and heavy rainfall since the New Year mean that river levels are rising and the Somerset moors are very wet. Currently river levels are too high to allow pumping. The Environment Agency will begin pumping as soon as there is enough room in the main river channels to receive the flood water. Looking ahead, the weekend is forecast to be generally dry, with clearer weather in the long-term forecast. But there is now a lot of water in river networks, which will take time to work its way through catchments.
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