Somerset Rivers Authority: Annual Report 2021-22

Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was launched in January 2015 as a response to the floods of winter 2013-14, which caused misery and devastation to Somerset’s people and communities

Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) was launched in January 2015 as a response to the floods of winter 2013-14, which caused misery and devastation to Somerset’s people and communities.

The SRA’s purpose is to give Somerset an extra level of flood protection and resilience, as set out in Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan. The SRA is a partnership. Only in Somerset do so many different bodies work so closely together to tackle flooding problems.

In 2021-22, the SRA spent £2.8 million on extra flood protection and resilience work. Across the county, from Dulverton to Frome, hundreds of places have benefited from the SRA’s investment in activities designed to protect people, properties, businesses and roads, while enhancing local environments.

The newly published SRA Annual Report 2021-22 describes and illustrates a wide range of projects, from major works, such as the now-confirmed Bridgwater Tidal Barrier, down to very local actions in individual fields, hedges, ponds, rhynes, ditches, drains and culverts. Click here to view both the short and long versions of the report.

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  1. I was born 50 yards from the river parrett I remember seeing the river being dredged on a regular basis when I was growing up, my grandfather was the last lock keeper of the Langport locks, i believe if that same dredging kept upon a regular basis the flooding would have been much less.
    When those floods occurred and we were told that, we are going to dredge the river hardly any of the river parrett was in fact dredged it was more of a photo shoot for David Cameron and him telling the locals what they wanted to hear, but it never happened, go back to programming dredging the entire length of the parrett from Langport to dunwier if that is done properly and the banks cut back as they were in the past the river would hold at least 50pc more water.

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