Three weeks on: The very latest on the Somerset Levels flooding

Three weeks after the floods began, parts of the Somerset Levels are still underwater. Pumps have been brought in but roads are still closed and ITV West Country has revisited one farmer with 90% of his land underwater.

Council extends Muchelney boat service

Somerset Council has announced it is extending the humanitarian boat service operating from Langport to the flooded villages of Muchelney and Thorney on the Somerset Levels. The flood water means the villages are inaccessible by road.

The service is being used to transport children to and from school, help people get to work, and carry vital supplies. It had been due to end tomorrow, but the council says it will stay in place until the floodwater levels drop sufficiently.


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Flooded farmer: 'Disgrace' that rivers aren't dredged

Farmer Bob Hall, who has lived in Moorland all his life, has been speaking to our reporter Richard Lawrence this afternoon. He says it's a disgrace that the Levels' rivers have not been dredged for 25 years.

Furthermore, many Somerset Levels farmers feel the pumps that are now working flat-out should have been brought into full use well before Christmas. They argue this would have reduced the river levels as much as possible.

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Muchelney pumping postponed due to rising river levels

The Somerset Levels village of Muchelney is still cut off due to flooding. Attempts to pump the flood water away have been postponed:

With the overnight rain and consequent rise in river levels, pumping has ceased. We will start once again when levels are sufficiently reduced downstream of Langport to ensure that any pumped water increases flood risk.

– Statement from the Environment Agency
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The latest pictures of the Somerset Levels flooding

These pumps at North Moor have been working flat out to try to reduce the flooding on the Levels. Credit: ITV News/Richard Lawrence
Farmers Bob and Simon Hall moving cattle - 90% of their land at Moorland is flooded. Credit: ITV News/Richard Lawrence
Flooding at Moorland, Somerset Levels, this morning. Credit: ITV News/Richard Lawrence
Lots of roads, like this one, are still closed on the Levels. Credit: ITV News/Richard Lawrence