Graham attended Long Load Bridge today as the army surveyed the bridge. An army diver carried out the inspection in extremely difficult conditions - a big thank you to him, he was exhausted by the end. All is looking very positive for the report that is being sent to the authorities.
Due to this inspection the protest gathering at the bridge arranged for this Saturday will NOT now take place - please pass on to anyone you know who was going to attend.
Update - Wednesday evening
Announcement From Somerset County Council
All clear for flooded road bridge
February 19, 2014 · by Peter Elliott · in Flooding, Press releases, Transport and flooding
Residents in a Somerset community will be celebrating the news that a road bridge closed due to flooding is set to be reopened after military divers gave the all clear.
Long Load bridge was closed after a Police officer standing on the bridge reported safety concerns. The road leading to the bridge is also flooded making it totally inaccessible and in effect cutting off homes and businesses from communities.
Now, Royal Engineer divers with Somerset County Council experts have inspected the bridge under the fast-flowing waters and found no significant issues.
A tree trunk has been wedged under the span which will need to be cleared once the waters have receded – but other than that the bridge was found to be structurally safe.
“This is a great relief,” said Cabinet member David Hall. “The closure has caused the local community enormous disruption, long journeys and put the village shop at risk. Once we can get the road approaching the bridge back open, then life for these communities can start to get back to normal.”