PM praises “coordinated approach” by TVO and EA

Team Van Oord has received a letter from the Prime Minister David Cameron following a visit he made to the Somerset Levels to see efforts to relieve the flooding which badly affected the area earlier this year.

Mr Cameron visited Beer Wall Sluice, a facility installed and operated by Team Van Oord, to see newly installed pumps in operation.

In an emergency operation, high capacity pumps were brought in from Holland to increase the volume of water being discharged from the upper catchment of the River Parrett through the man-made Sowy and King Sedgemoor Drains.

In a letter to Matt Phillips, Team Van Oord project manager for the works, Mr Cameron described his visit as an “invaluable opportunity to hear how the installation of pumps and pipes was progressing”.

Mr Cameron added: “This was my second visit to the Somerset Levels in 10 days and I was encouraged to see how quickly the pumps had been installed, and the coordinated approach between your engineering teams and the Environment Agency.”

He concluded his letter by asking to be kept up to date with how the pumping operation progressed.

14 April 2014