Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Prince Charles Visits Sodden Somerset

The Somerset Levels Are Still Underwater

The Prince of Wales has met residents and farmers in the flood-hit Somerset Levels and said it was a "tragedy" that nothing had happened for so long.

Thousands of hectares of land remain under water in the area, where whole villages have been cut off for weeks.
Residents have expressed anger at the pace at which the Environment Agency and the government have responded.
The Met Office is warning of more rain and strong winds in the south-west of the UK, with gusts of up to 60mph.
Speaking during his visit to Somerset, the Prince of Wales said: "There's nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something.
"The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."
Many residents have said there has been a slow response from the authorities to the flooding, which has affected many parts of the Somerset Levels since the end of December.
Some have also suggested that a lack of river dredging by the Environment Agency could have exacerbated the scale of the flooding.

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