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Council' ready' for future flooding on the levels

An image from the 2014 flooding on the levels

Flood protection gates have been installed across Somerset.

The gates can be found at Cutts Road (East Lyng to Athelney), New Road (West Lyng to North Curry), the A361 (Burrowbridge to East Lyng), and Langport Road (Muchelney to Langport).

The gates can be locked by officials to stop the roads becoming flooded once water levels rise.

It was one of the recommendations after the 2014 floods.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "One of the ideas put forward by the community during the 2014 floods was for permanent gates to physically stop cars getting stuck in flood water.

"This was taken forward and we now have gates at four locations which can be closed to keep people safe if the roads are flooded or likely to become flooded.

"We all hope they won’t be needed, but it's really important drivers and communities are aware of the gates and understand how they will be used.

"The emergency road closure gates will only be shut when the road is impassable or at risk of becoming impassable. 

"They will only be closed during daylight hours so this means gates may be shut before a road becomes flooded if there is a risk it will become flooded overnight.

"Access will only be permitted for authorised people - such as the emergency services or those with property or land within the gates.

"All decisions are made to help keep people safe following advice from the emergency services or the Environment Agency."

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