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Flooding Recovery news (updated 17th April 2014)

The Environment Agency issued two severe flood warnings - one for the Fordgate and Northmoor area and the second for the A361 from East Lyng to Burrowbridge on 5th February 2014. As of the 17th of March these are no longer in force. Agencies have now moved from immediate response into recovery.

For an easy to read A to Z style guide of flood recovery advice please visit: A to Z of Flood Recovery Advice

For previous days Sedgemoor Flood news and updates please visit: Flooding news and updates from previous days

For the latest multi-agency community update please visit: http://somersetnewsroom.com/category/flooding-2/community-update/.

Latest news and upcoming events:

Moorland support centre: A representative from Sedgemoor will continue to be based in the Skanska portakabin (outside Moorland Village Hall) 11:00am to 02:00pm until the 17th April 2014.

Whilst Sedgemoor staff have helped many residents with their enquiries over the previous weeks requests for advice and support have reduced dramatically in the last 10 days. After the 17th April residents can still contact Sedgemoor by calling local rate 01278 435435, emailing customer.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk or visiting our offices in King Square 8:45 to 05:00pm Monday to Friday. A wealth of support is also available from our Flood A to Z: A to Z of Flood Recovery Advice . Sedgemoor staff will also continue to attend the fortnightly drop-in surgeries at Canalside.

Flood support and advice surgeries:  The flood support surgery will be open at the Canalside, Huntworth every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:00pm. The next meeting will be the 23rd April. The events are a chance for people who have been affected by the flooding to meet and talk, and access a variety of agencies, which can offer advice and assistance regarding the aftermath of flooding, covering everything from insurance and grants to emotional support.

Environment Agency drop-in sessions: The EA is holding twice weekly drop-in sessions at the Old School Rooms in Burrowbridge on Tuesdays 3:00-5:00pm and Thursdays 9:00am-11:00am (excluding Tuesday 22nd April). Please come along and ask any questions you have about the dredging work. You can also find weekly updates on the EA website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/somerset-levels-and-moors-reducing-the-risk-of-flooding

General information and support available from Sedgemoor:

The big clean-up: What have Sedgemoor been doing?

Sedgemoor District Councils Clean Surroundings team have been out in force for several weeks now to help clean, sweep and tidy up flooded areas in an effort to get them looking squeaky clean again.

Around 90,000 sandbags have been cleared from the flood-affected areas by Sedgemoor District Council and its recovery partners. Sedgemoor staff have been working really hard alongside other agencies and volunteers to remove all the sandbags, for example we've removed over 2500 sand bags from just a small number of properties in East Lyng. Sandbag removal is an extremely time consuming and physical task and one that is not normally completed by local authorities after sandbags have been issued to households.

A two man crew have been operating almost continuously since the flood water subsided in Moorland and Fordgate. They have been clearing sand bags, flood debris, litter picking verges and assisting householders to dispose of damaged belongings and furniture etc. We have also been working with staff from the Environment Agency and voluntary organisations to remove sand bags from isolated communities such as Chadmead and Athelney.

All of the roads closed due to flooding within Sedgemoor were mechanically swept and cleared within 48 hours of reopening. The twelve remaining portaloos supplied to residents by Sedgemoor are still on site. Sedgemoor is still organising their cleaning and maintenance, and when no longer required we will organise their removal.

What can Sedgemoor help me with? 

  • Air pollution- problems caused by burning of rubbish
  • Assisted waste collections
  • Benefits Advice
  • Business Rate Relief
  • Clinical waste collections
  • Council Tax Relief
  • (Removal of) Dead animals
  • Garden waste collections
  • Heating Oil tank advice from Sedgemoor
  • Housing Advice
  • Loans
  • Mobile Homes and Planning Advice
  • Noise nuisance
  • Pest control service for flood-affected resident
  • Portaloos
  • Repair and Renewal £5,000 scheme for businesses and residents
  • Replacing lost waste and recycling bins
  • Septic tank advice
  • Tree maintenance and felling

For detailed information on what support is available please visit: A to Z of Flood Recovery Advice  or give us a call. Sedgemoor District Councils contact centre Sedgemoor Direct is open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Sedgemoor Direct can be called on 0845 408 2540 or local rate 01278 435435. You can also email us on customer.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk or visit our office in King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR (Monday to Friday 09:00am-05:00pm excluding bank holidays).

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