Somerset

Flood gates on Somerset Level and moors to stop stranded motorists

Flood gates on Muchelney Road at Huish Episcopi Image copyright Somerset County Council
Image caption The gates will be secured by a combination lock

New gates have been installed on the Somerset Levels to allow roads to be closed and prevent motorists from driving down flooded roads.

The gates, which can be locked, will be used instead of road closed signs to stop drivers from getting stranded.

Councillor John Osman said during the floods of 2014 many were stranded after ignoring the warning signs.

He said the gates had been suggested by residents as such a simple idea but one which could make a real difference.

Gate locations

A361 at East Lyng and Burrowbridge

Cutts Road at East Lyng and Athelney

New Road, West Lyng

Moor Lane, North Curry

Langport Road, Muchelney

Muchelney Road, Huish Episcopi

Mr Osman said during the 2014 flooding there were numerous reports of vehicles becoming stranded after ignoring road closed signs.

"The new gates will make this impossible and should reduce the burden on our emergency services at times when they are likely to be stretched."

The gates can be operated by Somerset County Council or the emergency services based on flood information provided by the Environment Agency.

When gates are closed, key services along with some local residents and landowners will be provided with the combination to allow essential access.

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