Pioneering work to slow the flow of water from the Quantock Hills down to the Somerset Levels is being funded by Somerset Rivers Authority. The project is partly a reaction to three unusually intense, localised storms that washed away around 1,200 tonnes of soil and gravel.
Somerset Rivers Authority has funded work to clear a thickly overgrown brook in Carhampton, to cut flood risk in the village and along the A39. Few other places in Somerset are currently being targeted with such a range of flood alleviation activities as Carhampton.
A grant from Somerset Rivers Authority has helped to buy an automatic sandbagging machine for the Somerset branch of the Rapid Relief Team. Rapid Relief Team members previously used shovels for the back-breaking job of filling thousands of sandbags to protect people and properties.