rescue charity joins flood-hit village's road celebrations
rescue charity BARB was among the groups invited to the opening
of a newly-raised £2.8m road that will reduce the risk of
a Somerset village being flooded in the future.
500m-stretch of the main road into Muchelney has been raised by
more than 1.2m in order to stop it being cut off by floodwater.
village was cut off for about 10 weeks last winter during the
Somerset floods and Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue helped
to collect supplies and transport villagers in and out using its
inshore rescue boat.
and members of Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, who
also crewed a ferry boat, were among the guests at Saturday's
opening of the raised road, which was formally opened by Somerset
County Council Leader John Osman.
re-opening is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by
a lot of people in many different organisations and my thanks
go to everyone involved," said Cllr Osman, right.
is a thriving community, home to more than 200 people of all ages
including doctors, nurses, builders, teachers and schoolchildren.
Its also home to more than a dozen businesses ranging from
a caravan site to a cattery, a pottery to farm shop."
winters flooding caused a great deal of disruption, fear
and concern for the village and this project should ensure that
does not happen again. I thank villagers for their patience while
the work has been taking place and hope they can join us in celebrating
and looking to the future now this landmark scheme is complete."
work was funded by the Department for Transport and was completed
in half the normal time. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
said: "The new raised road will be crucial to Muchelneys
resilience against flooding. Since last years wet winter,
the government has committed £22 million to ensure Somerset
remains accessible for residents, businesses and visitors in the
event of severe weather."