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Dramatic food-drop to Tirley flood victims trapped at home

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

  • Under water: The village of Tirley

  • Rescue teams take food by boat in Tirley

  • Food parcels arrive in Tirley

  • Floodwaters are 5ft deep in parts

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TRAPPED in their homes, the ‘forgotten’ residents of Tirley breathed a sigh of relief when rescue workers brought essential food supplies by boat.

Parts of the village are under five-foot of water as the River Severn expands to one mile wide during the floods.

But 18 homes at Haw Bridge have been cut off since Christmas Day and rescue workers said ‘cabin fever’ was setting in for desperate homeowners.

A specialist team from Severn Area Rescue Association was drafted in to take supplies of bread, milk, eggs and soup that have been donated by Sainsbury’s.

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A hardy team of five Tirley parish councillors have co-ordinated relief efforts and are in the midst of preparing a 150-strong sandbag wall to protect other village streets.

Now residents fear damaging high winds over the coming days could cut power to pumps being used to keep more water at bay.

Several residents have already given up on keeping their homes dry – most are under one foot of water even with the pumps in action.

Rescue worker Chris Crawley, 49, said: “Some people have been isolated since Christmas Day. the cabin fever is setting in. It is a real reality check for us all.

“They feel that they have been forgotten with all of what’s going on in Somerset so they were just glad to see some friendly faces I think.”

A marooned cancer patient is among the flood victims. A nurse was taken by boat to him yesterday, but if the situation worsens rescue workers may need to evacuate him.

Parish councillors are working around the clock to keep residents safe using an emergency action plan developed after the 2007 floods.

Tim Adey, who is leading the relief efforts, said: “Some residents have lost their battle and are living upstairs.

“The church area is five feet deep and the only way to get to it is by boat. Road signs are completely under water."

Parish chairman Anne Turner said: “After the 2007 floods we came up with an emergency action plan but we are very much having to do things for ourselves.”

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