Volunteers in Ham and Martock have helped to reduce flood risks in and around their villages.
In the video below they explain how they have achieved this, for example through their lobbying of local authorities.
They show some equipment that can now be used and point out some drainage and natural flood management works that have been done in recent years. For example, Somerset Rivers Authority has funded various improvements to ponds at Odcombe and Lufton between Martock and Yeovil.
The video below is introduced by Vanessa Dare, a community engagement specialist with the Environment Agency.
Then from 1:15″ to 19:53″ it features Ham (not far from Langport), with stories from Sarah Elliott (pictured at the top of this page), Derek Johnson and Jenny Pike.
At 19:54″ it cuts to the Martock area of South Somerset and has interviews with local flood warden co-ordinator Gordon Swindells and his colleagues David Brett and Marvin Collins.
At 30:54″ Vanessa Dare sums up.
The video was filmed and edited by Dawn James, Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) Community Engagement Support Officer.
It is hosted on YouTube to give you the chance to get subtitles, if you need or want subtitles for what is being said. Use the subtitles/closed captions tool in the bottom right-hand corner of the video.
About Somerset Prepared
Somerset Prepared is a multi-agency partnership. It helps local communities with advice, support and training to enhance resilience to emergencies.
Somerset Prepared members include:
- Avon & Somerset Police
- British Red Cross
- Community Council for Somerset
- Community representatives
- Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
- Environment Agency (Joint Chair)
- Rotary International
- Safe South West (Treasurer)
- Somerset Local Authorities Civil Contingencies Partnership (Joint Chair & Secretariat)
- Somerset Rivers Authority
- South Western Ambulance Service
- Spark Somerset