For £5,000 Repair and Renewal Grant information and application forms, now with an extended deadline, (for residents and businesses) please visit: Repair and Renewal Grants (including application forms)
Moving on from the floods event: Thursday 19th February 2015 at Moorland Village Hall, TA7 0AS from 7:00pm. There will be a discussion with Dr Roger Abbott who is a research associate in natural disasters focusing on the UK, Haiti and the Philippines.
Roger has been visiting Somerset and has already talked to many Moorland and Fordgate people about their experiences. Roger works for the Faraday Institute. The impact of the Somerset floods continues well after the emergency last winter. This evening will provide information and ideas for going forward to promote your wellbeing. This is a chance for people to share their experiences in an informal and friendly setting.
This event is being organised in conjunction with the Moorland Village Hall Committee and with funding support from Sedgemoor District Council. A poster is available for download and printing at the bottom of this webpage.
Somerset Rivers Authority: Local people in Somerset will be better able to manage flood risk after the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced, on 8th December 2014, £1.9 million funding for the Somerset Rivers Authority today that will enable it to start work next year.
As a result, the Somerset Rivers Authority will be established by the end of January 2015 and will give local people the power to control and manage local flood risk in their area. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed in London today (8th December 2014), it was agreed that Defra will provide £1.9 million, Somerset County Council will provide £600,000 and partners Sedgemoor District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, South Somerset District Council, Mendip District Council, West Somerset District Council and Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards will provide £200,000 for the first year of funding. For more information please visit: Defra and local partners set up Somerset Rivers Authority
Moorland Village Hall: Following significant flood damage to Moorland Village hall a Moorland and Fordgate Community Hub was open and available to the residents of Moorland & Fordgate. The Community Hub was a space to find information, chat, have some time out, meet organisations, ask questions, meet with neighbours and have a cuppa. The hub cabin was situated outside the village hall. On the 18th November 2014 the cabin was removed. After significant works Moorland Village Hall re-opened for community use on 20th November 2014.
Works to boost flood protection for St Saviours Avenue, Bridgwater: This £36,000 project, which protects Homes in Sedgemoor bungalows and other houses in St Saviours Avenue, was jointly funded by Sedgemoor District Council and Governmental flood grants with contributions from Homes in Sedgemoor. For more information on the work completed during October 2014 please visit:
Somerset Levels and Moors 20 Year Flood Action Plan: Monthly progress updates are available via: http://somersetnewsroom.com/flood-action-plan/
Updates from the Environment Agency (EA): You can find updates in full on the EA website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/somerset-levels-and-moors-reducing-the-risk-of-flooding. Dredging of 8km of the Rivers Tone and Parrett was completed on 29th October 2014.
From November 2014, the telephone number for the Environment Agency's Floodline service will be 0345 988 1188. Floodline is a telephone service that provides a reliable source of current information on river and coastal flood risk across the country. As well as having recorded information on warnings that are in force, advisors give advice on how to prepare for flooding, check property risk and manage customer flood warning registrations.