More photos taken by me of the flooded Somerset Levels.
1. Many parts of the Somerset Levels have been underwater for over a month in the wettest January in Britain on record.
A headstone in the village of Moorland, February 7.
2. The Levels comprise a flat area that extends for about 170,000 acres.
3. The landscape is made up of rivers and wetlands, which are artificially irrigated so that they can be farmed.
Emergency services personnel are carried by tractor at dusk through flooded land in the village of Burrowbridge.
4. Some farmers have ended up moving their animals to safer ground.
5. The area is mainly used for livestock rather than growing crops.
6. It’s one of the lowest areas in the country: its maximum altitude is only 8 metres above sea level.
7. A number of rivers supply water to the area. They include the Tone, Axe, Sheppey and Cary.
8. The Prime Minister claims much of the blame can be chalked up to a pause in dredging in the late 1990s.
9. Farmers have seen as much as 95% of their land covered in water.
A house name sign is outside a flooded property in the village of Moorland, February 7, 2014.
10. The unprecedented pumping operation is costing £100,000 a week.
An emergency flood pump ejects water into the River Parrett near the village of Moorland, February 7, 2014.
11. The environment secretary has been unable to say when dredging of the rivers that drain the levels will begin.
12. He says it’s not possible to get machines on to the raised riverbanks.
A police vehicle drives past emergency flood pumps near the village of Moorland, February 7, 2014.
13. Some commentators argue dredging will only make the problem worse.
Emergency services personnel are carried by tractor at dusk through flooded land in the village of Burrowbridge, February 7, 2014.
14. But David Cameron has committed to a more intensive dredging programme.
He has said: “”The pause in dredging that took place in the late 90s – that was wrong. We need to get dredging again and I have said when the water levels come down and it is safe to dredge we will be dredging to make sure that these rivers and ditches can carry a better capacity of water. There are lessons to be learned and I will make sure they are learned.”