The Prince of Wales will visit flood-hit communities today where he will be introduced to residents, farmers and members of the emergency services who have been affected by the recent flooding on the Somerset Levels.
Charles will visit the village of Muchelney, which has been cut off for a month, and a local farming family at Langport, where he will see damage caused by the flood waters.
The area has seen some of the worst flooding in living memory, with villages cut off and hundreds of homes and businesses flooded.
Charles, who is a patron of the Prince's Countryside Fund, has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain's hard-pressed rural areas.
The fund allocates grants to rural projects twice a year and also reserves a portion of its income to be used in times of crisis.
Prince Charles appeared to criticise efforts to help flood victims in today saying: The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."
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