Press release

Share your flood experiences at a Somerset drop-in surgery

The Environment Agency is inviting people living on the Somerset Moors and Levels to another two drop-in surgeries at North Petherton and North Newton.


The surgeries, planned for next week, follow earlier drop-in sessions at Stoke St Gregory and Burrowbridge attended by dozens of local residents.

Anyone who has been affected by or has concerns about the recent floods is welcome to attend and share their experiences with Environment Agency officers and advisers from partner organisations including Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council.

The first drop-in event will be held at North Petherton Community Centre on Tuesday (May 6). It is for people living in Northmoor Green, Moorland and West Yeo. The second surgery will take place at St Peter’s Church Hall, North Newton on Thursday (May 8) and is for residents in the Little Moor, Petherton Park and Huntworth area.

The sessions are a chance for residents to discuss the recent floods, recovery, dredging and future flood resilience. They will run from 4.00 to 7.00pm.

Rachel Burden for the Environment Agency said:

These surgeries are an excellent opportunity for residents to share their concerns and discuss flooding issues with the Agency and local partner organisations including Somerset County Council.

Residents attending these sessions will be invited to complete a short online survey:

The survey is confidential and will help the Agency make sure these drop-in events are as useful as possible.

People unable to attend the surgeries can contact the Environment Agency’s Wessex Flood Resilience team for the latest advice by email at:

or by phone on 01278 484891.

Published 6 May 2014