THE visit by Prince Charles to the flooded villages in the
Somerset Levels has "lifted the spirits" of people who have been
flooded and cut off for five weeks, a parish priest said.
The Team Vicar for the Langport Team Ministry, the Revd Jane
Twitty, whose parishes include Muchelney, where access to the
village is only by boat, met the Prince during his visit to the
area on Tuesday.
"He was tremendously sympathetic," she said, "and people are so
pleased that he came and was obviously very sorry. It's given
everybody a great boost to know that he cares enough to come.
"He asked me if the church has been flooded, but I said it was
built on the highest point in the village. He said they knew how to
build churches in the old days."
The Prince's Countryside Fund, of which Prince Charles is
patron, announced that it was giving £50,000 to help communities in
the Levels recover. The Duke of Westminster has pledged a further
The Price said that it had been a "tragedy . . . that nothing
happened for so long".
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul has been open 24 hours
a day throughout the weeks of flooding, and is being used to store
food brought in by boat, and to serve tea and coffee to the
firefighters who are manning the boats in and out of the village
(News, 31 January).
Ms Twitty said that villagers were hopeful that water-levels
were at least beginning to drop, although more heavy rain was
Coastal towns in Devon and Cornwall suffered from further
flooding this week as high spring-tides, strong winds, and heavy
rains overwhelmed sea walls. Police declared a major incident in
Dawlish, in Devon, after the wall under the railway line collapsed,
leaving the London to Penzance track suspended in mid-air.