Much Thorn Flood Wings has now helped to raise more than £5,000 for the flooding victims in Muchelney and Thorney, Somerset.
“We’ve now raised £5,000 from people’s spare change, which puts into perspective how serious this flooding is.” Charity Founder Mrs Aparicio.
“What has happened is close to my heart. I live on the edge of Thorney and have friends whose homes are underwater. We all feel pretty helpless if we’re not directly affected, but we are not helpless in what we can do to help those in need. There’s a lot of fear among residents that as soon as the water recedes, the flooding will all be forgotten and they will be in the same position next November. We are looking at the bigger picture to how we can tackle the long-term economic impact this will have.”
Due to Regulations laid down by the Environment Agency, there had been little or no maintenance of the main waterways. With flood defences few and far between, the water had no where else to go on already waterlogged land. For weeks on end, villagers and farmers have been desperately battling the rising flood water in an attempt to save their homes, livelihoods and land. The duration and extent of the floods has had a devastating effect not only on wildlife but fields used to grow crops, now barren and unusable due to contamination.