Somerset

Bridgwater flood wall crack resident is rehoused

Dave Swann in his Bridgwater home on West Quay
Image caption Mr Swann moved back home as he claimed the alternative accommodation was not good enough

A Bridgwater resident who moved back into his home next to a collapsed flood wall has been given new housing.

Thirty people were told to leave their properties after a section of wall along West Quay dropped into the River Parrett after heavy rain.

Dave Swann was told to move out and was given housing at the YMCA.

But Mr Swann, who has back problems, said it was too small and against council advice moved back home. He has now accepted alternative accommodation.

Residents were told that in the worst-case scenario, they would not be able to return home for six months.

The council said it was considering "options for controlled removal of the wall" but added the operation could be problematic as the stability of the road had been compromised.

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