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Somerset MP calls for rivers to be dredged

There have been renewed calls in Parliament today for two rivers in Somerset to be dredged to ease flooding on the Levels.

The problem has been especially bad this year and residents claim it's made worse by silting of the rivers Tone and Parrett.

Today the area's MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, called for routine dredging - which stopped several years ago - to be resumed:

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Ferry service for Somerset school children

A ferry service has been laid on for people marooned in the village of Muchelney on the Somerset levels.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service are operating a boat that's been hired from the Canal Trust. But it's not cheap - transporting residents is costing a thousand pounds a day. Here's our Somerset correspondent, David Woodland.

Somerset invites Ministers to inspect flood damage

Government ministers have been invited to see the flood damage in Somerset Credit: ITV News West Country

Somerset County Council has confirmed it has invited government ministers and flood experts to visit the county to see first-hand the devastating flooding that has hit the area.

Ministers from DEFRA and members of the all-party Parliamentary group on flooding have been invited to the county to visit the flooded in community of Muchelney, see the state of the currently closed A361 and view the levels, much of which are under several feet of flood water.

"We really want to show ministers just how bad it is in Somerset - and for a second year in a row," said Council Leader John Osman. "People want action, not words, and it is time the Government fronted up.

"We have provided a boat to help people in Muchelney, we have responded 24/7 as the flood waters rose, we have done everything in our power.

"But we still have people cut off, we still have major roads closed and we still have people stranded, worried and picking up the pieces of their life. The government can, and must, put its hand in its pockets and step in."

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