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Workers dredging a river in the Somerset Levels have turned up eight cars over the last week, all within 100 metres of each other.
Environment Agency staff working to help relieve flooding in the area noticed the cars, which could be up to 20 years old, in the drainage channel of the River Parrett.
It is so far unknown how the cars may have ended up on the riverbed, but officials stressed they would not have contributed to recent high water levels.
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In Somerset today residents celebrated as dredging started in the River Parret, as part of the Environment Agency's 'Flood Action Plan'. Measures such as dredging could become more common, as Dan Rivers reports.
Dredging has begun in Somerset, around the River Parrett, which has sparked celebrations among some residents.Read the full story ›
Dredging is underway on the the flood-hit Somerset Moors and Levels this morning.
Work is beginning on a 200-yard stretch on the River Parrett, before excavators start on a five-mile stretch of river near Burrowbridge.
The work is on a key part of the river which has been specially identified for dredging and where "significant amounts" of silt have built up, the Environment Agency has said.
Local campaigners and residents have blamed the extent of the crisis on a lack of dredging on the River Tone and River Parrett.
Gav Sadler, of Flooding on the Levels Action Group (Flag), said the dredging was "a very encouraging sight, but is just the beginning."
"We would like to see all the rivers dredged," he went on. "Another issue is we don't know the quality of the dredging they are going to do.
"We would like to see a little bit of transparency from the Environment Agency," he added. "This affects our lives, we want to make sure they do a proper job."
The start of dredging the Somerset Levels is "an important milestone" in the Government's attempts to repair the country after December and January's floods.
Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive at the Environment Agency, said:
Today is an important milestone in the work to reduce the risk of flooding to people, property and land in Somerset and we welcome the additional money from Government that has allowed us to undertake this further dredging.