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Flood risk in Langport area as further heavy rain is forecast

By WG_JThomson  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

  • The flooded River Parrett in Langport pictured last week. Residents are being warned to prepare for the possibility of further flooding today

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Flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency as heavy rain again threatens South Somerset, particularly around Langport.

People in low lying areas, especially the moors around Muchelney and Thorney, are being urged to be prepared for the possibility of further flooding.

Today and over the weekend more rain is expected to fall and the Rivers Yeo and Parrett could be affected.

The Environment Agency said: "The water levels in the rivers, drains and on the moors are gradually falling, assisted by the operation of our pumps.

"River levels on the Yeo are stable, but remain high where the River Yeo meets the River Parrett at Langport.

"The drain level at Langport Westover pumping station is 6.88m and is falling gradually.

"Risks from flood water remain particularly to low lying buildings, roads, and the moors around Muchelney, and Thorney.

"Pumps are running at Langport Westover and Huish Episcopi pumping stations in order to reduce water levels in these areas."

There is currently no warning for Langport's Westover Trading Estate or the road between Langport and Yeovil.

Click here to see an Environment Agency flood risk map of Somerset.Click here for the latest Somerset weather forecast.For the latest information on flood warnings and alerts in the region, click on the Environment Agency panel below.

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