Somerset village evacuated after flood defences breached

Marines and police have helped to evacuate residents in the Somerset village of Moorland after their flood defences were breached. One resident built a giant wall out of clay around his house to try to stem rising flood waters.

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Around 40 Marines deployed to help in flooded village

Around 40 Royal Marines were deployed to the flooded Somerset village of Moorland to help with the relief effort overnight.

Members of 40 Commando Royal Marines arrive in Moorland, Somerset Credit: Ministry of Defence

They worked alongside emergency service workers on a range of tasks including sandbagging and moving householders’ property to higher levels.

A Marine builds a flood defence around a building in Moorland Credit: Ministry of Defence

The Marines were sent from 40 Commando Royal Marines based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton.

A Marine unloads a sandbay Credit: Ministry of Defence

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