photos: Burnham's BARB crews help evacuate flood-hit Moorland
were the scenes on the flood-hit Somerset Levels on Saturday (February
8th) when crewmembers from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search &
Rescue were tasked with helping the ongoing evacuation.
from the Burnham charity worked alongside other organisations
to help families in the village of Moorland whose homes have been
inundated by the floods.
photos, taken from the BARB rescue boat, show the sickening scale
of the flooding, which has left homes under water as well as vehicles
throughout the village.
is always available to help and our thoughts go out to all those
affected by this terrible flooding," said BARB Operations
Manager Mike Lowe.
of those who was helped, Beverly Farthing, said: "We are
very grateful to BARB's help today in getting us safely out to
a relative's home here in Moorland. My partner's cousin has stayed
home in the village despite the flooding and we were able to deliver
some essential food supplies."
flooding in the area appeared to be getting worse on Saturday,
with the water drain level at Northmoor pumping station rising
by about 7mm per hour. Train lines between Taunton and Bristol
have also been closed due to the track being underwater nearby.
villager is guided to safety in Moorland by BARB crewmembers
Crewmembers carry an evacuated couple's possessions from the
suitcases were loaded by BARB's crew onto a trailer to be driven
flood waters have inundated many homes in Moorland
BARB crewmember waist-deep in water talks to one of the villagers
on the boat
resident loaded his car onto a trailer and had it towed to safety
sandbags arriving in the village by tractor on Saturday
this local carnival float based in the village is surrounded by