Somerset

Supply boat to carry on operating for Somerset flood-hit villages

The supply boat bound for Muchelney being loaded Image copyright Somerset County Council
Image caption Villagers in Muchelney and Thorney have been relying on the boat to get supplies and to get to work

A supply boat, provided to help people living in villages cut off by recent flooding, is to carry on operating.

The humanitarian boat service, crewed by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, was due to end on Friday.

Somerset County Council says it will now continue to operate for as long as it is needed due to continuing high water levels.

The villages of Muchelney and Thorney were cut off earlier this year after severe flooding hit the area.

Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council David Hall, said: "We will continue to fund and provide this boat service until the water levels recede sufficiently and we will continue to support them in these difficult times."

The boat service has been used to transport children to and from school and has been vital for villagers getting to work and back every day.

It has also been used to bring in vital supplies such as groceries and fuel to heat homes.

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