Faces of the Floods

5. A Moorland villager clears debris in his front garden

The recent floods in the UK have affected about 6,500 homes, forcing many people to leave their properties and others to fight as best they can to try to keep the water out.

As the worst of the weather passed, photographer Charlie Clift headed to one of the areas affected to create Faces of the Floods, a project that he says "shows the incredible effort and solidarity among those tackling the difficulties in the Somerset Levels".

Here is a selection of the pictures from the project of those he met battling to restore normality to a community in the West of England.

Jack, from neighbouring Martock, drives machinery in Burrowbridge to help strengthen river banks Jack, from neighbouring Martock, is driving machinery in Burrowbridge to help strengthen river banks.
Rob from Pump Supplies has been working 14 hour days getting the pipes in place to help drain the floodwaters. Rob, of Pump Supplies, has been working 14-hour days getting pipes in place to help drain flood waters.
Jim, the landlord of the King Alfred Inn in Burrowbridge, organises food donations for the flood victims Jim, the landlord of the King Alfred Inn in Burrowbridge, organises food donations for flood victims.
A member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation from South London wheels wood-chip A member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation from South London wheeling woodchips.
Dave widens a waterway with his digger to move floodwaters towards the pumps Dave has been widening a waterway with his digger to move flood waters towards the pumps.
Members of the Avon and Somerset Police visit people still living in their flooded homes Members of Avon and Somerset Police who are visiting people still living in their flooded homes.
A pump engineer lays a new pipeline to drain floodwater threatening dry homes A pump engineer who has been laying a new pipeline to drain flood water threatening dry homes.
Volunteers Aaron and Jay transport a trapped Environment Agency van over the flood waters on a floating pontoon Volunteers Aaron and Jay transporting a trapped Environment Agency van on the flood waters.

You can see more of the pictures on Charlie Clift's site.

Phil Coomes Article written by Phil Coomes Phil Coomes Picture editor

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