SRA-funded works to reduce flooding on the A39 at Carhampton are ahead of schedule, so new road closure arrangements are being brought in. From Tuesday 19 October, on weekdays only, not Saturday and Sunday, the A39 at Carhampton will instead be closed from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. These evening works are expected to be completed by Thursday 28 October.
Two rivers are being made bigger this autumn to help reduce flood risks across 150 square miles of the Somerset Levels and Moors. The River Sowy-King’s Sedgemoor Drain Enhancements Scheme (Phase One) is being delivered for Somerset Rivers Authority by the Environment Agency. The scheme is being partly funded by Growth Deal money from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, as part of a wide-ranging programme of works spread over several years costing £7.2 million.
Works to reduce flooding on the main road serving West Somerset will be carried out from Monday 11 October. Somerset County Council's Highways department has teamed up with Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) for a £350,000 scheme of major drainage improvements on the A39 at Carhampton Cross and the B3191 Eastbury Road. The extent of the work means road closures will be needed. Diversions will be in place from Williton and Dunster out across Exmoor. Every effort will be made to get the works done as quickly as possible.
Free training about how to prepare for emergencies and strengthen communities is being offered to Somerset residents this October. A dozen interactive online sessions are being run as part as Somerset's fourth annual Community Resilience event, organised by the Somerset Prepared partnership, which includes Somerset Rivers Authority.