“Parish notices”

8:08 AM – After a relatively mild day yesterday, the rain has returned with a vengeance this morning, and the forecast is for more showers later. 1

8:12 AM – The Environment Agency says two severe flood warnings remain in place for Somerset. 1

8:14 AM – The Environment Agency chairman, Lord Smith […] said things could have been done differently, but he resisted calls to resign. He said: “We’ve all made mistakes, everyone has made mistakes”.1

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“Ward Lane near Chedzoy […] has been closed after water overflowed onto the road from saturated fields” 2

“Andy Nelms, a Stawell resident, said: “All three main routes out of the village were flooded on Saturday night during heavy rain, but some of the water had receded by morning.”” 2

“A police spokesman said: “The roads are affected by standing water as well as water running off surrounding fields”” 2
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12:11 PM – The following roads are currently affected by flooding: [following is a list of 40+ roads in Sedgmoor, South Somerset, Mendip, Taunton Deane and West Somerset due to flooded surface, falling trees and landslips]. 1

12:37 PM – Prime Minister David Cameron […] met with Chief Supt Caroline Peters […] the Gold Command team and Environment Agency representatives at Taunton police station this morning. 1

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8:19 AM – The weather continues to have a major effect on transport. The A361 remains closed […] and the A372 is shut […] First Great Western services are suspended […].1

8:38 AM – Somerset County Council say there are no schools closed due to the flooding today. 1

11:42 AM – Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been visiting flood-hit areas of Devon this morning, is due to visit Taunton today. 1

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“Flooding still causing the closure of the A361, possibly until Christmas”3

“SCC has allocated £50 million in a contingency fund to aid flood victims”3

“The floods in Sedgemoor are receding, but only very slowly”3

“Local flooding: Cllr. Alder advised that the environment Agency now accepted that dredging would be a great help in alleviating the problem in future”3
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      1:24 PM – He [PM David Cameron] added: “We will make sure whatever it takes money is there. We are a wealthy country and if money is needed for the cleanup or for households it will be available. What we need at home we will spend at home I guarantee that.”

11:27 PM – “It was important to get the army involved and you can see they are doing a great job.” Mr Cameron did admit that a lack of dredging in previous years was a mistake. 1

4:44 PM – Communities on the Somerset Levels are being warned to expect more flooding with heavy rain expected tomorrow (Wednesday). 1

“Parish notices” is a collaboration between artist Jon England and PhD students Nejc Čož and Wouter Knoben. This webpage complements two physical objects and is part of a bigger piece intended to highlight the historical and cyclical nature of floods in the Somerset area.

References
1 Matthew Colledge, Somerset County Gazette, 2014. http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/11000813.SOMERSET_FLOODS__Prime_Minister_David_Cameron_pledges_money_to_support_victims_during_visit_to_Taunton/?ref=rss. Accessed 24-03-2015
2 Kirsty James, Bridgwater Mercury, 2014. http://www.bridgwatermercury.co.uk/news/10950846.Road_closed_due_to_flooding_near_Chedzoy/?ref=rss. Accessed 24-03-2015
3 Chedzoy News, spring 2013 issue. Retrieved from http://www.chedzoyparishcouncil.gov.uk/uploads/pdfs/chednews032013a4.pdf. Accessed 24-03-2015

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