The Environment Agency is to step up its pumping operations to tackle floodwater on the beleaguered Somerset Levels.
Some 13 temporary pumps will be installed across the Somerset Levels and Moors by the agency working closely with Somerset County Council, local authorities and emergency services.
It has been agreed that five temporary pumps will be installed at Beer Wall on the A372, and eight temporary pumps at Dunball over the next few days.
The pumps – which have all been brought in from Holland – have been brought in to increase the volume of floodwater that passes down the Sowy as well as tackle flooding in the two areas.
John Rowlands, from the Environment Agency, said: “Increasing the volume of floodwater passing down the Sowy will assist in reducing river levels in the Rivers Parrett and Tone. This operation will involve additional pumping on both the Sowy and the King’s Sedgemoor Drain.
For the first couple of days only the pumps at Dunball will run, with the aim of lowering water levels in the King’s Sedgemoor system first.
Monks Leaze Clyce will then be opened gradually and more flow diverted down the Sowy, over pumping at Beer Wall Sluice and pumping out on all states of the tide at Dunball.
“We will monitor the impact on the system. The monitoring will be carried out by people on the ground and through our automated electronic monitoring systems,
The A372 will stay closed for the period the pumps are in operation. For more information call 0800 80 70 60