Severe Weather Advice
Severe weather can bring many challenges and can cause disruptions across West Somerset.
Use this page to find out how services are affected in West Somerset and links to other useful information for the winter period.
The severe weather may affect schools, bin collections, road conditions and public transport.
Links to useful Information
Flooding in the district remains a possibility given sufficient heavy rainfall. However, it should be noted that relatively few people or properties are at risk. Residents of West Somerset are reminded that they have the responsibility to protect their properties from flooding. Sandbags for Flood Defence
Because of recent heavy rains, there are flood warnings and alerts throughout the region. We've added a flood widget from the Environment Agency to this page. More information
Somerset Waste Partnership have issued guidance on refuse and recycling collection arrangements in the event of severe weather on their website. If collections are disrupted, further updates will be issued, including on SWP's Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Schools and road information
For more information on any school closures or disruptions to roads in West Somerset, please see the Somerset County Council website.
The Cabinet Office are managing a new Winter Weather page bringing together winter preparedness material (floods and extreme weather, power outage) and news in one place on GOV.UK
Taking care of yourself and others in winter
If you have an elderly, vulnerable neighbour or relative, look out for them in the winter months.
Icy roads and snow means they may not be able to get out and about. They may need help with shopping, clearing paths, getting a repeat prescription, walking the dog - or they may just need to see a friendly face.
Advice on staying warm in winter
Keeping warm over winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia. Find out some simple things you can do to keep warm and stay healthy and make the best use of your heating at home by visiting the Age UK website.
Cold weather payment
If you're receiving certain benefits during very cold weather, you may qualify for a Cold Weather Payment. For more information visit GOV.UK.
Winter fuel payments
Winter Fuel Payments are made every winter to people over 60, regardless of the temperature. For more information visit GOV.UK.
Surviving Winter Appeal
If you receive the Winter Fuel Payment from the Government but do not need it please consider donating some or all of it to the Somerset Community Foundation to help elderly and vulnerable people this winter.
Somerset Community Foundation can make sure vital support is available to those who will struggle to stay warm and healthy during the cold months ahead.
You can donate online at www.somersetcf.org.uk or you can send a cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation to Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN.