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Dredging could reduce the risk of future floods

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

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Dredging a section of the rivers Tone and Parrett could reduce the risk of future floods devastating Curry Moor and North Moor on the Somerset levels.

For the past eight months much of the area has been submerged in water.

Last night a flood warning remained in place.

At a recent meeting of The Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards and the Environment Agency dredging chunks of the two rivers was deemed to be the best solution.

Representatives of Somerset and Taunton Deane Councils, NFU, Natural England, RSPB and local residents also attended the meeting, at Bridgwater.

The main fly in the ointment is the plan does not meet strict criteria to receive government funding.

Undeterred group leaders have gone back to the drawing board to make a special case for funding to Whitehall.

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