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Somerset Levels dredgers retrieve eight cars from river

Environment Agency staff recover a car from the River Parrett Credit: Aaron Baker /

Workers dredging a river in the Somerset Levels have turned up eight cars over the last week, all within 100 metres of each other.

This van was among eight vehicles retrieved from the riverbed Credit: Aaron Baker/

Environment Agency staff working to help relieve flooding in the area noticed the cars, which could be up to 20 years old, in the drainage channel of the River Parrett.

It is so far unknown how the cars may have ended up on the riverbed, but officials stressed they would not have contributed to recent high water levels.

Workers examine another of the cars retrieved from the River Parrett Credit: Aaron Baker /

Somerset flood funding 'big step forward'

Somerset County Council has welcomed new funding to protect the area from floods. Credit: Dan Rivers/ITV News

A £20m package to protect the Somerset Levels from flooding is a “big step forward”, the head of the county council has said.

John Osman welcomed the move from ministers, which he said was “bringing hope to our flood-hit communities”.


Somerset locals call for 'flood tourists' to 'stay away'

People affected by flooding that has devastated the Somerset Levels have criticised what they have called "flood tourists".

Read: Fresh misery for people living in Somerset Levels

A Facebook post criticising "flood tourists" on the Flooding on the Levels Action Group (FLAG). Credit: Facebook

Posting in the Flooding on the Levels Action Group, Facebook user Helen Ridler said she was angered to see "flood tourists with their kids, cameras and dogs" in Burrowbridge.

"If you are not doing something useful please stay away," she wrote.

Helen Ridler's comments, posted at 1:30pm GMT today, have quickly garnered support. Christopher Hampshire added: "It was the same here at Muchelney last Sunday.

"Luckily most of them stayed on the Langport side but hindered access to the relief boats for locals.

"Lots giving it a good coat of looking at but didn't hear a single word offering help or any expressions of empathy or desire to find out what it was like for us."