FLAG Press Release re: FLAG meet local MP’s to raise concern over future funding for dredging

Release date: 8/13/2016

FLAG expressed concern over uncertainty of the SRA’s funding for river dredging and maintenance of the waterways beyond April 2017.
During the meeting members of FLAG were pleased to discover local MPs and the Government have not forgotten the flooding issues at the heart of FLAG’s campaign efforts.  Moreover both Mr. Warburton and Mr. Fysh proved to be very well informed and engaged with all aspects of flooding in Somerset.  Both MPs were given the opportunity to sign FLAG’s pledge board, indicating their support to improving flood management on the Somerset Levels.  As a result of meeting with the MPs, FLAG members feel reassured that regardless of the threat that faces the Levels in the short term regarding the potential loss of funding for the SRA, the issues have not been forgotten.
Since its creation in 2013 FLAG has continually campaigned for funding to be made available through a variety of sources in order to make long term dredging and maintenance of the Somerset Levels rivers a reality, with the aim of preventing a repeat of the devastating floods of the Winter 2013/14.  
FLAG hopes to welcome all of Somerset MPs whose constituencies are touched by flooding to discuss the potentially difficult issue of future funding of the SRA, which is so crucial to the whole county.



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FLAG’s core aims:

  • Stop the flooding – to prevent future flooding disasters in this area;
  • Dredge the rivers – to support easy exit of significant flood water;
  • Maintain the fluvial system - to prevent future long term flooding disasters
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