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Ten years after: the 2014 Somerset Levels and moors major flooding

Event organised by ICE

21 February 2024
18:30 - 20:00 GMT
Creative Innovation Centre, CIC
The Memorial Hall
Paul Street
Taunton, TA1 3PF
United Kingdom

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The winter of 2013/2014 was notorious for flooding. Although there were problems all across the UK, the flooding of the Somerset Levels & Moors was particularly high profile due to its severity and duration.

Over a period of three months, main roads were closed, homes and businesses flooded. One village was cut off and only accessible by boat and, in another, the residents had to be evacuated. There were visits from the Price of Wales, the Prime Minister and all media channels.

2024 marks the 10th anniversary of this event.

David Peake of Somerset Council will host an evening of recollections of this major emergency, the recovery phase and developments that have taken place since.


18:00 - 18:30
Doors open
18:30 - 20:00


David Peake

David Peake

Somerset Council

service manager, highways

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David Peake

David studied civil and structural engineering at Sheffield University, and following graduation in 1986, he was taken on by Somerset County Council as a trainee engineer. He has worked in a variety of roles over the ensuing 37 years, at first in the design and construction of new roads and bridges, and latterly in highway maintenance and management. He is now a service manager - Highways at Somerset Council, a new single unitary authority. David is also chair of the ICE Taunton City Club, part of ICE South West.