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Sue visits residents affected by Somerset flooding


Sue Mountstevens and Chief Inspector Paul Mogg with Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue

Today Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens visited Muchelney and Thorney to hear how residents are coping with the flooding on the Somerset Levels.

Sue Mountstevens heard stories of great community spirit and resilience from residents as well as frustrations about daily journeys by boat.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I have nothing but praise for the farmers and tractors drivers who are helping villagers and school children to get about in the flooding. Residents are really pulling together and looking out for one another.

“Although things are improving now a major incident has been declared the situation could be better. There is a huge demand for the boats going back and forth from Muchelney. Hopefully special fire and rescue vehicles will be available by the end of the week, which will be more convenient for residents and will take some of the pressure off the boat service.

“Hearing from residents today helped the police continue to make sure people are getting the help they need and allowed me to hear first-hand about their plight and what support I can give.”

Posted on Monday 27th January 2014
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