Category: Flooding

Town Council demands ‘Futureproofing’ as Tidal Barrier decision takes shape

In the second world war the River Parrett was going to be Churchill’s ‘stop line’ if Hitler had invaded from the south west. That’s why there’s pill boxes everywhere. Today the major issue along the banks of our river is stopping any tidal invasion of Bridgwater and so that’s why they’re going to build a […]

Groundswell Rising: Anti Fracking Film at Arts Centre

The people of Bridgwater are invited to a film screening of Groundswell Rising, a documentary about fracking in America and the social movement which has emerged from affected communities. It is informative, daunting, inspiring and hopeful all at once. Mark Lichty from Pennsylvania in the USA is the film’s executive producer and will be in […]

Town Council urges ‘Site 4’ Solution for Tidal Barrier

On Wednesday this week the Environment Agency held it’s public consultation meeting on the future of a Tidal Barrier for the River Parrett  at the Bridgwater Arts Centre and urged people to choose from 5 site options  and 2 barrier models (Thames or Hull). Town Council leader Brian Smedley and Deputy Leader Kathy Pearce (both […]

Flood Defences up in Blake Gardens: “Better safe than sorry” Says Council

Residents have  noticed that the temporary flood defences, built and operated by Sedgemoor District Council,  have again been put in place in Blake Gardens. A Sedgemoor spokesman says “This is to reassure elderly residents in St Saviour’s Avenue that their property should not flood over the Christmas period when higher tides are predicted.They are purely […]

Weekend Storm Warning

Environment Agency staff in Wessex are prepared for the high tides expected from Sunday 10 to Friday 15 August, coupled with the potential arrival of Tropical Storm Bertha on Sunday 10 August. In preparation for this there will be increased activity on the River Parrett banks over the next few days. The areas in particular […]