When were the Somerset Levels underwater?

When were the Somerset Levels underwater?

The Somerset Levels was devastated by severe flooding in the winter of 2013-14, leading to a number of villages and rural settlements being cut off as one of the most picturesque areas of the county was plunged underwater.

What is the Somerset rivers Authority 20 year action plan?

Somerset Rivers Authority oversees all the work being done as part of Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan. The overarching aim of the Flood Action Plan is to reduce the frequency, duration and severity of flooding.

Why is Somerset so prone to flooding?

The Somerset Levels span an area of around 250 square miles, or 160,000 acres. The majority of this area is below sea level, making the land vulnerable to both tidal and land-based flooding.

Why are the Somerset Levels so flat?

It’s one of lowest and flattest areas in the country with much of it below high water level on spring tides, and a maximum altitude of only 25ft (8m) above sea level. The wetland is supplied by the rivers Axe, Sheppey and Brue in the north, while to the south, the rivers are the Cary, Yeo, Tone and Parrett.

What happened on the Somerset Levels?

In early 2014 the Somerset Levels and Moors experienced widespread flooding, particularly within the Parrett and Tone river catchments. The Environment Agency estimated there were 100 million cubic metres of floodwater covering an area of 65 square kilometres.

How high is Somerset above sea level?

The town centre is approximately 213 feet (65 metres) above sea level, while the outer parts of the town are between 295 feet (90 metres) and 443 feet (135 metres) above sea level.

Why did Somerset flood in 2014?

The extensive floods were caused by a combination of human and physical factors: • A prolonged period of extremely wet weather – in southern England it was the wettest January since records began in 1910 – saturated the ground and led to frequent over-topping of the rivers Tone and Parrett creating a huge lake covering …

Where did it flood in Somerset?

When was the last flood in Somerset?

The 2014 flood In a period of three months from December 2013 to February 2014 the Somerset Levels hit the national headlines as it suffered extensive flooding, first marooning several villages and farms and then inundating them.

How many homes were flooded in Somerset?

600 houses
During December 2013 and January 2014 heavy rainfall led to extensive flooding with over 600 houses and 17,000 acres (6,900 ha) of agricultural land, including North Moor, Curry and Hay Moors and Greylake, affected. The villages of Thorney and Muchelney were cut off with many houses flooded.

What is the 20 year Flood Action Plan for Somerset?

Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan Somerset Rivers Authority oversees all the work being done as part of Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan. The overarching aim of the Flood Action Plan is to reduce the frequency, duration and severity of flooding.

What is the 20 year Flood Action Plan?

When Somerset Rivers Authority was launched on 31 January 2015 the Flood Action Plan was widened to include the whole of Somerset. The SRA oversees the 20 Year Flood Action Plan. It has six key objectives: Reduce the frequency, depth and duration of flooding

What is Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA)?

When Somerset Rivers Authority was launched on 31 January 2015 the Flood Action Plan was widened to include the whole of Somerset. The SRA oversees the 20 Year Flood Action Plan. It has six key objectives:

What is the Flood Action Plan (FAP)?

The Flood Action Plan (FAP) was produced by a range of organisations, with the involvement of the community and was co-ordinated by Somerset County Council. You can download the 20 Year Flood Action Plan, and the executive summary of the plan here:

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