FLAG Press Release re: The Environment Agencies claims that Dredging Would Have Little Impact to Flooding Event on the Somerset Levels

Release date: 1/31/2014


Press Release 

Friday 31st January 2014 

FLAG Press Release re: The Environment Agencies claims that Dredging Would Have Little Impact to Flooding Event on the Somerset Levels


The top management of the Environment Agency were still stating that dredging would make little difference to the flooding situation on the Somerset Levels. Lord Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency still insisted that dredging of the rivers in Somerset would only make “a small difference” on the Radio 4 Today programme January 28th.

This flies in the face of a document produced by the Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium following the 2012 Flood Event.

Using Environment Agency’s own studies it says

The key point to be made is that the Environment Agency has now accepted that dredging - in the sense of de-silting and re-profiling - would make a very significant difference to the duration of flood events, and thus to their impact on people, property, agriculture and the environment.

Further to this EA data show that the Curry Moor would have been flooded for 3 weeks, rather than 3 months, North Moor would have been flooded for 8 days rather than 3 months and the flooding risk to properties in Moorland would have been avoided all together.

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http://www.somersetdrainageboards.gov.uk/media/Letter-to-MPs-Feb-25-130225.pdf

FLAG are encouraged to hear that the Environment Agency’s Regional Director Richard Cresswell discussing the likelihood of dredging on BBC Radio Somerset this morning following David Cameron’s intervention on Wednesday 29th stating that dredging will happen in this area.

However FLAG are concerned that Mr Cresswell stated that dredging is not likely to occur for a few months and we will continue our campaign to ensure that this essential work to save the Somerset Levels is started and completed in a timely fashion.

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Notes to Editors:

1. FLAG Somerset - Flooding on the Levels Action Group. Please find out more by visiting http://www.flagsomerset.org.uk or join our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/FLAGsomerset

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3. For more information or to contact us please email pressofficer@flagsomerset.org.uk