After the Flood
As the floodwaters finally recede in Somerset, Charlotte Smith travels to a farm near Bridgwater to see how the clear-up is going, and hear about the long haul back to normality.
West Yeo Farm near Bridgwater spent six weeks underwater. The whole farm had to be evacuated when the floodwaters rose in the Somerset Levels, which meant finding new homes for five hundred cattle. Only now can the Winslade family return to assess the damage. Charlotte Smith meets James and his wife Jenny, as they embark on the long process of clearing up and getting the farm and the family back to normality. She hears what the last two months have been like for them, what future they envisage for the farm, and what it's like trying to look after your livestock when they're spread across several different locations. The Winslades talk about their gratitude for the relief effort from other farmers who have given forage for free, and the army of volunteers who've come to help. She also sees for herself what happens when you submerge pasture under six feet of water, sewage and diesel.