Floods minister in Trevone

Flooding Minister Dan Rogerson has met with residents in Trevone near Padstow. The village has been badly damaged by the storms.

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Hospital boat and pensioner crew stranded by storms

Six pensioners ready to board a tiny vessel to Kenya have been left stuck in Cornwall after the poor weather delayed them starting their journey of a lifetime.

The group form the entire crew of the tiny hospital ship Jubilee Hope.

The converted former Royal Navy boat has already been delayed sailing since earlier this week on her 8,500 mile "maiden voyage" to Mombasa.

The Jubilee Hope is stuck in Falmouth because of the severe weather.
The Jubilee Hope is stuck in Falmouth because of the severe weather. Credit: Vine Trust

The plan is to cut the vessel into two and rebuild it into a medical centre.

However, the ship's crew will have to wait for the stormy weather and floods to subside first.

A spokesman for the group said: "They are praying for good weather soon - as well as public support to pay for a total fuel bill of over £42,000 - to be hopefully raised whilst on passage.

"At just eight knots (10 miles per hour) the journey will take many months. Supporters are raising the cash for the fuel."

You can find out more and donate on the Vine Trust website.

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Flooded despite not being in the official risk area

It's been a truly miserable Winter for many people on the Somerset Levels, no more so than for Keith Madge. His home has been under water all month. He isn't able to work because his timber is floating across the fields.

And he says he isn't even in the official flood risk area - yet he's only just finished putting right more than £100,000 worth of damage caused by the floods in 2012.

Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland has this exclusive report:

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Levels residents bracing themselves for more rain

People living on the Somerset Levels are bracing themselves for yet more bad weather. There's been heavy rain falling today on already flooded land and the forecast is not good for the weekend, with yet more rain forecast, as well as high tides.

Many people have had their land and properties flooded or are cut off by flood water and this news is the very last thing they wanted to hear.

The army remains on stand by to help - if things deteriorate over the weekend. And COBRA, the Government's crisis response committee, is meeting again right now in London to discuss the ongoing emergency in Somerset.

Bob Cruwys reports:

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Army brought in to help flooded villages

The Army have been drafted into Somerset to help villages that have been cut off by flooding since Christmas.

The Government has agreed to bring in specialist vehicles so troops can deliver food and sandbags, and offer transport to residents.

More rain is expected in the next few days. This morning the military began an assessment of the situation at Muchelney.

Seth Conway has this report:

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Armed forces arrive to help flooded villages

The armed forces are arriving in Somerset to help villages cut off by the flooding.

The Government's agreed to bring in specialist vehicles so troops can deliver food, provide sandbags and offer transport to residents.

More rain is expected in the next few days. This morning the military began an assessment of the situation at Muchelney.

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Labour: Owen Paterson failed to take flooding seriously

Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle has accused Owen Paterson of "dithering" in his response to the Somerset floods and of failing to take the issue seriously.

Floodwater is pumped into the river Parrett at the Saltmoor Pumping Station near Burrowbridge in Somerset. Credit: PA

"Almost a week after Somerset County Council declared the flooding a major incident, the Government has finally decided to respond," Eagle said.

Read: England and Wales on course for wettest January since 1766

"Just days after the Environment Secretary announced that he wanted to see a concrete plan presented to him in six weeks, David Cameron has had enough of Owen Paterson's dithering and called in the Army."

She said Paterson "chose to ignore a report" that pointed towards a risk of serious flooding in areas like Somerset.

"It is further evidence of the Environment Secretary's failure to take flooding seriously," Eagle added.

Read: Troops help flood crisis in Somerset

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