Bridgwater wall stabilisation work continues

Part of collapsed wall Part of Bridgwater town centre is closed off after the collapse

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Work is continuing to stabilise a partially collapsed riverside wall in Somerset along with nearby pavements, roads and houses.

Part of Bridgwater town centre has been closed off since a section of the wall collapsed on Friday night.

Emergency services were called to East Quay, close to the River Parrett, after cracks appeared in the wall following heavy rain.

The council said it was not safe for about 30 residents to return home.

About 19 dwellings were evacuated on Friday.

A spokeswoman from Sedgemoor District Council said the majority of the evacuees were staying with friends and family.

She said about six of them had stayed in a homeless hostel on Saturday night.

Environment Agency spokesman Paul Gainey said the agency was carrying out stabilisation work with Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council.

He said cracks had appeared in nearby houses, adding that the homes were cut off from all utilities and there were concerns about a further slippage.

"What we'll focus on is how much of the wall is saveable or whether it's all going to collapse in the end," he said.

"A major programme of work will be required to restabilise the area ahead of any repairs."

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