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I heard on the National news earlier this morning that the extra pumps brought in again this year, to pump out the Somerset levels were doing just that. Funny that an earlier local report stated that the surrounding river levels were the same height as the water on the levels, therefor pumping water from the levels into these rivers would only result in the same water running back onto the levels. Earlier this morning all major roads into Yeovil were flooded and several minor roads around Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington have been flooded or partially flooded since Christmas week. Heavy rain has just started here again (11-30 a.m.) after some respite yesterday.

The following is a summary of current flood risks from the Environmental Agency at 1030 5/Jan/2014

River levels in some larger and slower responding rivers in the south of England continue to rise in response to rainfall over recent days. As a result there is a medium likelihood of significant impacts from river flooding on the lower reaches of the River Stour and River Frome in Dorset today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday). There is also a medium likelihood of significant impacts from river flooding on the River Thames around Oxford on Monday and Tuesday. Ground conditions are wet or saturated meaning that most areas remain sensitive to further rainfall. Rivers are expected to respond readily to widespread rainfall today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday), resulting in a LOW risk of river flooding in south-east England and Dorset. With some heavy showery bursts of rain expected at times, there is also a LOW risk of surface water flooding across much of southern England and Wales today and tomorrow. In other parts of central and southern England, further ongoing river flooding is expected bringing a LOW overall river flood risk to the Somerset Levels and slower responding rivers in Gloucestershire, West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Kent over the next three days. Likewise there is an ongoing LOW flood risk from groundwater in parts of Dorset and Wiltshire. Whilst the largest tides have now passed, tides remain high over the next three days. Large waves and surge around western coasts of England and Wales later today and tomorrow bring a LOW risk of coastal flooding risk for much of Wales and the north-west and south-west coasts of England.

As for my plots, 1 is waterlogged the other too wet to work on so another boring day indoors out of the rain is forecast.

N2 Plot Flooding (2/Jan/13)
N2 Plot (2/Jan/14)

Broad Beans Germinating (2/Jan/13)
Broad Beans Germinating Despite The Wet Soil (2/Jan/14)

There's Always Tomorrow!!

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  1. When do you think the hosepipe ban will come into effect?

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    1. If I can stop myself laughing at the question, it should be about the beginning of August 2014 when the water level peaks with the top of my runner bean canes. (8ft canes).

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