Somerset Levels Floods 2014

More than ankle deep

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Up to 7ft deep in places.  Hard to imaging how all this water will dissipate but it will as it has done every year.

3% of Somerset land is underwater and has been for well over a month.
As Sunday saw a break in the weather I thought it a good day to put on the wellies and see how bad things had got.  It turned out that a lot of other people had the same idea.

The floating pontoon path on the Muchelney road has become a bit of a tourist attraction and was shared by many families with kids, dogs and packamacs.

Burrow mump was extremely busy with very slippery ramparts up to the not quite finished church but offering commanding views across the floods.

I have been to burrow mump on numerous occasions and the car park and summit are usually deserted.  Today it was standing room only.

Once on a visit to the mump I slipped and dropped a lens.  It rolled an rolled some more until coming to rest at the base of he hill in a patch of long grass.  It was very muddy, my pride was sore but everything worked and I learned to always zip up my bag.

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Bridge across the River Parrett near Langport to an inland sea

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The team operating the Humanitarian Ferry Link to Muchelney

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Muchelney Humanitarian Ferry coming back along the ‘road’ which is 7ft deep in places and littered with sunken cars after another delivery of food and medicine.

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Looking out over the floods from Burrow Mump

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Usually grazing land.  I wonder what happened to all the small creatures that lived in the hedgerows.

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Some will be upset when the floods have receded

 

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One of the tracked rescue vehicles just delivered to assist when the floods recede and the ground is waterlogged.

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An unexpected water feature in the once beautiful garden.

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Another rescue vehicle.

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Sign which deterred the tourists and sightseers

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The floating pontoon.

There is flooding every year on the levels.  Locals expect it.  Dredging rivers might ease the water but there will still be flooding.

Debate will continue as to whether the land should be allowed to act as a flood plain or if other flood protection is needed.

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