Boat service for stranded Muchelney villagers hit by flooding extended

The only way in and out of Muchelney is by boat.

The only way in and out of Muchelney is by boat.

First published in News

A BOAT service which is ferrying people stranded in the marooned Muchelney to work and school is to continue longer than expected.

Somerset County Council will continue to provide the vital service - which was due to end on Friday (January 24) - for as long as necessary.

The village has been cut off since the start of January following devastating floods. High water levels have turned roads into rivers, meaning the only way in or out is by boat.

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

Cllr Hall added: “We are lobbying Government for extra funding to protect our communities against future flooding on this scale and I’d like to encourage people to support our Facebook campaign, ‘Fairer Funding for Somerset’.”

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7:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Dr Dave says...

Good news - although with the rainfall expected over the next few days, it could be in service for a good deal longer.
Good news - although with the rainfall expected over the next few days, it could be in service for a good deal longer. Dr Dave
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7:49pm Thu 23 Jan 14

feeby12007 says...

Thinking of you all in Muchelney, must be very difficult for you all :(
Thinking of you all in Muchelney, must be very difficult for you all :( feeby12007
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8:58am Fri 24 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

There's a reason The Wurzels recorded "There ain't no ferry to Glastonbury"
There's a reason The Wurzels recorded "There ain't no ferry to Glastonbury" Guy Smiley
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