Somerset

Beer Wall culvert plan to stop A372 flooding

Man canoeing down a flooded road Image copyright Gerry
Image caption During the winter of 2013-14 large parts of the Somerset Levels were deluged with flood water

Work has started to defend a busy road from a repeat of flooding that forced its closure in the winter of 2013-14.

Four new culverts are being constructed underneath the A372 at Beer Wall in Somerset to allow floodwater to run under, rather than over the road.

The scheme will also help reduce the flood risk on the Sowy and Kings Sedgemoor Drain river systems.

It is expected to take three months, weather permitting, with road closures and diversions in force.

Large parts of the Somerset Levels were deluged with flood water, leaving the village of Muchelney cut off for two months and the A372 closed for several weeks.

A scheme to raise the road into Muchelney was completed in December.

And during the summer work will start to divert the Langacre rhyne and part of the River Sowy through the new culverts to increase the capacity of the system.

The schemes are part of a 20-year Flood Action Plan with Somerset County Council hoping it will secure access in future floods.

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