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Flooded gravestones being repaired

Church charities have joined with a local stonemason to repair flooded gravestones at Moorland for free. Credit: Diocese of Bath & Wells

Work has started to repair gravestones in the Somerset village of Moorland which were damaged by the floods.

Usually families have to pay for maintenance but church charities have joined with a local stonemason to do the work for free. Ten gravestones need urgent repairs.

Local vicar, Revd Jane Haslam said: “Knowing that these families have enough on their plate the church decided to try and sort out the urgent repairs for them and relieve them of the work and the cost.

"The work will be the first phase of enhancing the churchyard following the recent flooding.

"We would like to thank everyone who has helped in this matter as it will be much appreciated by those who are going through so much.”

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Farmers offered access to £10m in flood support

Farmers whose businesses have been affected by flooding will be able to apply for part of a support grant from the government from Friday.

The £10 million Farming Recovery Fund was announced by the Prime Minister on 11 February to provide assistance in four areas.

  • Restoration of productive grassland
  • Restoration of productive arable and horticultural land
  • Restoring farm vehicle acces to fields
  • Improvements to agricultural drainage

All farmers affected by flooding will be able to apply for emergency funding of up to £5000.

We want to help farmers affected by flooding and the severe weather to get their businesses back on track as soon as possible. The new £10 million Farming Recovery Fund has been set up to help farmers directly affected meet short term costs as the flood waters recede.

– George Eustice, Farming Minister

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Appeal for pledges after success of farm aid campaign

The NFU say they cannot accept anymore supplies Credit: ITV News West Country

The National Farmers Union are asking for people to make pledges rather than send supplies to help farmers on the flooded Somerset Levels.

After the great success of a social media campaign - known as Forage Aid - appealing for forage and bedding, the NFU say the immediate needs of farmers have been met and no more supplies can be accepted.

Instead, they're now asking people to pledge offers of help.

Melanie Squires from the NFU said "What we need now are pledges of fodder and straw or financial donations rather than actual deliveries, so that we can call upon people’s generosity as and when it is required over the coming weeks and months, when the waters finally abate."

Somerset pumps due to be turned back on.

Giant pumps being used to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels are expected to be switched back on this morning after being switched OFF all day yesterday.

The Environment Agency noticed that serious damage was being done to the banks of the River Parrett and have turned the pumps off so they could stabilise the ground. The 13 pumps have been in operation since Thursday.

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