photos: Burnham-On-Sea rescue boat helps flood-hit villagers
A rescue boat and crew from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB helped
to deliver vital supplies to a flood-hit village on Wednesday
All roads in and out of the village of Muchelney, near Langport,
have been closed for five days due to severe flooding.
County Council called for the help of BARB (Burnham Area Rescue
Boat), which is a member of the Somerset Civil Contingencies group.
charity sent its inshore rescue boat crew to the scene to help
get essential food and medical supplies to the village's 120 residents.
the day-long operation, 18 residents were taken across the fields
to Langport through the waist-deep flood water.
crewmember Roger Flower, pictured below, said: "We have been
incredibly busy today, getting supplies for residents of the 'island
village' of Muchelney."
villagers were so relieved to see us and incredibly grateful for
the help. They were able to top up their dwindling supplies and
one lady who was in a lot of pain was taken onboard the boat for
an emergency dentist trip."
Operations Manager Mike Lowe added: "BARB is always happy
to help during incidents like this. Our crew are trained and equipped
to deal with these kinds of situations."
charity's volunteers are on standby to return to the village in
the coming days.
crewmember Roger Flower reflects on the successful operation
rescue truck from BARB at the scene on Wednesday
farm is completely surrounded by water near the village
rescue boat taking residents from the flood-hit village to Langport
church in the centre of the 'island village' on the Somerset levels
Official BARB Web site