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Flood-hit farmers pull together as severe weather disruption continues

Flood affected farmers have come together to help with relief efforts, as heavy rainfall continues to batter farms across the UK.

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Flood-hit farmers pull together as severe weather disruption continues

A third consecutive weekend of heavy showers has seen large parts of Wales and England suffer and further heavy rain is expected to continue in the West Midlands, along the rivers Severn and Wye.

 

The warning comes as efforts to tackle the effects of flooding amplified, with members of the public pulling together to offer assistance to flood-hit communities.

 

Farmers in Herefordshire have been utilising their tractors to wade through flood water and deliver food to stranded residents, after the village of Hampton Bishop was left marooned in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.

 

Farmer Keir Rogers who has been aiding residents, said: “In places the water is three-and-a-half feet deep and you have got to bear in mind some of [the villagers] have not been out since Saturday afternoon.”


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The downpours have also severely affected Derbyshire, which saw sheep farmer Faye Russell plunge into 7 feet of flood water to save her sheep and lambs from drowning, all of which she successfully brought to safety.

 

 

With 89 flood warnings in place, the Met Office has also issued yellow warnings for snow and ice and farmers have taken to social media to document the continuing levels of severe disruption.

 

 

 

 

Arable farmer Olly Harrison said the weather had resulted in the wettest February in 45 years and has led to significant crop losses on his 1,200 acre farm in Merseyside.

 

 

Caroline Douglas, director of incident management at the Environment Agency (EA), has urged people to ‘check their flood squo;.

 

She added: “This has been the third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather – with the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.

 

“People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.”

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