A flood-hit home on the Somerset Levels has been sold at auction for almost half its former value. The family who lived there say they had no choice but to sell after seeing their property devastated by the winter floods twice in two years. Jacquie Bird reports.
A Somerset family say at least they'll be able to sleep at night after their flood hit home was sold at auction for around half its former value.
The bungalow and stables, set in 3 and a half acres at Moorland, need thorough refurbishment after weeks underwater. The property sold this morning for a £175,000.
Christine and Carroll Gray spoke to us after the auction this morning:
A flood hit property at Moorland on the Somerset levels has been sold for around half its former value at auction today.
The bungalow and stables, set in 3 and a half acres, need thorough refurbishment after weeks underwater. It sold at this morning for a £175,000.
A service has been held in a Somerset church for the first time since massive floods devastated the area.
Hundreds of people gathered in Moorland this afternoon to mark Easter Sunday.
It's around 3 months since the church and houses around it were flooded and many families are still unable to return home.
A service is being held in a Somerset parish church for the first time since massive floods devastated the area. Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Moorland this afternoon to mark Easter Sunday. It's around 3 months since homes were flooded and for many the clean up continues.
Campaigners demanding long term dredging of the rivers on the Somerset levels say new rainfall figures prove their case.
A detailed breakdown of the winter's rainfall obtained by ITV News shows that just 2 inches more rain fell this year than the previous record year in 1995. That year there was far less flooding.
Campaigners say that's because back then the rivers had undergone some dredging. Here's our Somerset correspondent David Woodland.
Despite the dry weather over the weekend, pumps are still working to clear the excess water covering large parts of the Somerset Levels.
Campaigners demanding long term dredging of the rivers on the Somerset levels say this winter's rainfall was not exceptional and proves that a lack of dredging is the main cause of the exceptional floods.
A detailed breakdown of the winter's rainfall obtained by ITV Westcountry shows rainfall this winter was less than two inches higher than the second highest rainfall record in 1995 - when there was far less flooding but when the rivers had had some dredging.
Highest winter rainfall in Somerset (covering December, January & February):
- 2013 - 14 = 513mm
- 1994 - 95 = 465mm
- 1989 - 90 = 458mm
Despite the dry weather, pumping operations remain at full power in Somerset as they aim to clear the huge lake between Burrowbridge and Moorland. This temporary pumping effort is pictured just downstream of Burrowbridge
The police have put a new roadblock across the road into Moorland over the weekend. It is normally used to block streets in the event of a riot. Here it is to stop potential criminals from entering Moorland where floodwater is receding, leaving evacuated homes vulnerable.