rescue boat delivers supplies to flood-hit village
inshore rescue boat crew helped provide supplies to more than
100 residents on Monday (January 6th) who are trapped in their
Somerset village after floods have left all access roads under
several feet of water.
Search & Rescue's volunteers helped the residents in the village
of Muchelney, near Langport, which has been cut off for four days
after the roads flooded.
can now only leave the village by boat since the water is so deep
that not even a tractor can make it through.
is thought the residents may remain trapped for a further two
weeks if the weather reports predicting more rain are accurate.
Winter, who lives in the village, said: "We are so grateful
to BARB for their help. Without them, the only way to and from
the village is by kayak which is unsafe in blustery weather."
supplies from Tesco were taken to the village on the boat. Manager
Emily Duchscherer said: "We have supplied 31 orders for the
villagers, comprising mainly of necessities such as bread, milk
and vegetables. It's great to work closely with BARB on the deliveries."
Walker, owner of the local shop in Muchelney, added: "Nobody
is getting out at the moment. When it has flooded in the past
we have used our tractor with a trailer on the back to help people
get in, out and around the village."
at the moment the flood water is a few feet high and the tractor
can't get through. The BARB boat came today to help bring a food
delivery into the village as well as prescriptions."
- which rather translates as 'Big Island' in Saxon - was devastated
last winter after suffering the worst floods in 90 years.