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Flood victims unhappy over Govt response

Most people living in Somerset, Cornwall, and other areas affected by the recent flooding are unhappy with the Government's response to the crisis, according to a new survey.

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Could beavers be the answer to Somerset flooding?

A beaver swimming. Credit: PA

There are calls for beavers to be reintroduced to the wild as part of the future management of water to prevent flooding. A native species hundreds of years ago, British beavers were hunted to extinction.

The dams they build in tributaries and ditches hold back water upstream, allowing it to dissipate slowly into the river system, reducing the potential flood risk. Campaigners believe a project to bring them back to the wild really could help and is achievable.

A dam built by beavers in Germany. Credit: PA

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