22 June, 2012
This month's floods in Somerset have caused damage
estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to
It is estimated that at least 60 farms in the county are having
to deal with a shortage of grass or hay for animals to graze on as
a result of the floods.
According to guardian.co.uk, many local farmers are blaming the
Environment Agency for failing to deal with the aftermath of the
Curry Moor farmer Tony Bradford is one of many who claim to have
been let down by the Environment Agency.
In an interview with thisissomerset.co.uk, he said: "There has
been no dredging work for years because of cutbacks. We have been
asking for more to be done but the answer always comes back that
there's no money. You are never going to stop flooding on Curry
Moor but you can certainly do things which will speed up the
evacuation of water."
A few farmers outside of Somerset have been sending supplies in
order to help those in need of seeds and grazing materials in the
coming months. However, it would appear that the floods will
continue to have an effect on local farming businesses long after
the damage is cleared.
Source: Vertical Leap