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Preparing for winter flooding

Preparing for winter flooding – guidance for residents and businesses

While drought conditions may have dominated headlines this year the focus is back on flooding preparedness as we head into the winter months.

Somerset councils have combined to offer the following advice and guidance to help residents and businesses reduce the impacts of flooding. We hope this can assist you when you are dealing with peoples’ concerns and queries over the coming months.

What can I do?

Thinking ahead and preparing for what the weather may bring especially at this time of year can make a real difference in your home, business and community.

One of the first things is to check is whether your property is at risk of flooding.

We also recommend taking precautionary measures and purchasing your own sandbags in case of flooding emergencies. If sandbags are not available, you can use:

  • rolled-up mats or carpets
  • bags of garden compost
  • pillow cases filled with soil (don’t overfill them)
  • timber boards (possibly screwed to door frames and sealed with mastic)

What to do during a flood

There is information to help you on what to do during a flood on the Somerset Prepared website.  The key point is to always stay safe, in an immediate flood emergency or where there is a risk to life, follow the advice of the emergency services.  

Protect yourself from future flooding

It is advisable to plan how you’ll respond to a flood. Information and plans are available to help you plan ahead.

We also encourage you to download the ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ flood plan to help reduce the impact of flooding.

You can find up to date information on flood warnings by visiting the flood warnings page on the Government’s website.

Flooding and roads – key information

It’s important to ensure drains and gullies are clear during the autumn and winter months – Somerset County Council as the Highways authority routinely inspects these but leaves and other debris can accumulate rapidly so members of the public have a key role to play.

If you spot a problem with a drain or gully, or any issue on the highway you can report it easily and quickly here –  Report a problem on the road (

Heavy rain and flooding present a clear and present danger to drivers – road users are urged NOT to attempt to drive across flooded roads as it is not possible to estimate the depth of the water reliably.

A number of Somerset roads have flood gates in place to prevent access in the event of flooding – information can be found here – Emergency road closure gates – Travel Somerset.

It’s vital to prepare for wet conditions if you have to travel and to proceed with extreme caution if you get caught in flood conditions – you can find information and advice here: Adverse weather conditions (

Road works affecting NDR Bridgwater 14.11 to 18.11.22

Saltlands Bridge (A39 Western Way)

Wessex Water Mains leak – One-way system required

Monday 14th Nov to Friday 18th Nov 2022   – 24/7 Restriction

Wessex Water require network occupation to attend to a mains water leak affecting the A39 Saltlands Bridge (A39 Western Way). The leak appears to be from a suspended water pipe beneath the bridge structure.

To allow Wessex Water to safely undertake the works a lane closure will be required as given the proximity to the signal controlled junction with The Drove, the use of portable traffic signals will not be suitable so a one way system will be put into place.

The bridge will be closed to westbound traffic only so to provide a safe working area for the Wessex Water team undertaking the works.

It is anticipated that these works may cause severe network congestion, particularly at peak hours as this route serves West Somerset and Hinkley Point, the signed diversion route for westbound traffic will via Monmouth Street, Broadway and Wembdon Road.

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: Wick Lane, Wick, Stogursey

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Wick LaneStogursey  will commence on 2nd November 2022 – 4th November 2022 (00:00 – 23:59).for a total of 3 days.

This will enable Wessex Water to carry out works to repair a customer leak.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site  is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4600, quoting reference: ttro667622WS.

Please visit where you will see the map of the affected area (in red), together with the supplied diversion route (in blue).

Please note: this diversion route could be subject to change on review.

Road Closure, Shurton Road, 26th September to 30th September 2022

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: – ttro733503WS – WW – Shurton Road, Stogursey

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Shurton RoadStogursey will commence on 26th September 2022 and is expected to last until 30th September 2022.

The contractor Wessex Water has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site  is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4600, quoting reference: ttro733503WS.

A map showing the proposed affected closure area (in red) is shown below, and the proposed diversion route (in blue, please note this could be be subject to change on review).

Consultation on council tax support scheme launched

Interim New Somerset logo

A consultation on council tax support for the new unitary Somerset Council is now open.

This is the first major policy consultation for the new council and it proposes that the lowest income households across Somerset get 100% council tax relief.

Somerset’s four district councils currently offer varying levels of council tax support.

Maximum relief is set at 80% to 85% in most parts of the county, only in South Somerset is 100% relief available.

The proposed changes would harmonise support for working-age people on low incomes across the county and come into effect on 1 April 2023, with the creation of the new Council.

Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council, said:

“Our new unitary council is a chance to make Somerset fairer for everyone. These proposals would get more help to the people who need it most, no matter where they live in the County.

“As many as 35,000 households in Somerset benefit from a reduction in their council tax, so a single, simplified support scheme can be cheaper to run as well as fairer.

“Our proposals are flexible too, so that people won’t be unfairly penalised if their income fluctuates from month to month. I would welcome views from residents and groups working in our communities.”

The consultation runs until 19 September and proposes a simplified approach that will be easier to administer.

Under the proposals, a single person with an income below £95 per week, or a couple with two children on a weekly income below £260, would be entitled to the full 100% council tax relief. However, some families with an income below £500 a week could be eligible for some support.

To have your say, visit New Somerset Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2023/24 Consultation webpage.