Holding up the bank, Taunton

13 October, 2015 | 18:00 - 20:00

Hear how Somerset County Council fixed three sites from flood damage
Hear how Somerset County Council fixed three sites from flood damage

About this event

Many people heard about the Somerset flooding last year and the engineering challenges that provided. However, the inclement weather and sodden ground had other consequences too. Not least were landslips.

The A396 on Exmoor is one of the South West's most picturesque roads. It weaves its way up the Exe Valley from the South and then to the ridge at Wheddon Cross, before descending down to Dunster on the precipitous sides of Cutcombe Hill with the River Avill below. During last year’s flooding, the road was threatened by two separate slips on steep-sided sections north of Wheddon Cross.

This was difficult but beautiful terrain, featuring tight spaces, conflicting road works, historical legacies, massive and undesirable road closure diversions and worried communities. All of these factors required thinking outside the box. Two sites became three midway through the job, too!

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