Published: January 7, 2014
BARB boat crew helps flood victims for a third day across Somerset

Burnham-On-Sea's inshore rescue boat crew helped residents trapped in their flooded homes for a third day running on Tuesday (January 7th).

BARB Search & Rescue's volunteers brought supplies to 100 cut-off residents in Muchelney, near Langport, and the boat was also called to North Curry.

Several villagers were also brought across the water-logged fields to the neighbouring town of Langport for appointments. Gemma, Joe and Jamie, pictured here, were among them.

Gemma said: "We are all really grateful to BARB for helping our village. It really means a lot to us that we are still able to get to Langport and receive supplies."

Residents can only leave the village by boat since the water is so deep that not even a tractor can make it through.

Groceries from Tesco, plus prescriptions from the local surgery and food and drink from The Sun newspaper were also taken to the village on the boat on Tuesday.

Muchelney - which rather translates as 'Big Island' in Saxon - was devastated last winter after suffering the worst floods in 90 years, but this year's flooding is even worse, say residents.

BARB was also called to a flooded smallholding at Knapp near North Curry outside Taunton on Tuesday afternoon by the Environment Agency to help deliver animal feed to a cut-off smallholding, pictured right.

BARB - which operates an inshore rescue boat and two rescue hovercrafts - is one of several organisations in the region helping with flood relief work as part of the Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit.

Pictured: The BARB crew in action on Tuesday in Muchelney and Knapp

Official BARB Web site


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