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Somerset village evacuated after flood defences breached

Marines and police have helped to evacuate residents in the Somerset village of Moorland after their flood defences were breached. One resident built a giant wall out of clay around his house to try to stem rising flood waters.

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Flood defences 'breached' in Somerset village

Police have advised residents in the Somerset village of Moorland to evacuate their homes.

Earlier this morning local flood defences were breached and the water level in Moorland began rising. We are have been informing local residents and strongly advising them to leave the area.

Most are taking this advice and a rest centre has been established for those effected at Westfield Church on West Street, Bridgwater.

The Royal Marines and search and rescue volunteers are assisting us with this.

Police will remain in the area to help those who wish to evacuate. Access into the village will be monitored and along with the Fire and Rescue Service we will be patrolling of the area.

– Avon and Somerset Police statement

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