19 Heartbreaking Pictures From The Somerset Levels (PHOTOS)

07/02/2014 08:04 | Updated 10 February 2014

Moorland in Somerset is one the worst affected areas as the record rainfall sweeps through the country.

The Marines have finally been called in to help build flood defences and the government has pledged over £100m to help rebuild communities. But no amount of money could ever make up for the personal loss and agony that the families are going through.

Local farmers in the area are having to relocate their live stock to higher ground over safety fears for their animals.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police has said that over 80 homes in the village of Moorland in Somerset have been evacuated, but a small amount of residents have decided to stay in their homes.

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  • A car sits on flood water on a flooded property at Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater, England.
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  • Rising floodwaters surround a grave in the graveyard of Moorland church in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels.
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  • Local resident Haley Matthews reacts during a television interview during flood relief operations in Moorland
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  • Moorland resident Phil Smithen looks out at the rising flood waters surrounding his house that he has lived in for 39-years and has never flooded in the village of Moorland
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  • Rising flood waters surround a house in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater.
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  • A view shows the flooded cemetery at Moorland in Somerset, southwest England
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  • Rain clouds gather above a house besides the River Parrett.
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  • Farmer James Winslade looks at flood damage at his flooded farm in Moorland.
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  • A woman carries her dog as she walks through flooded streets in the village of Moorland in Somerset
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  • Somerset farmer, 66-year-old Bob Hall, stands in his flooded kitchen as he loads some of his processions onto a tractor trailer as he prepares to leave his property that flooded this morning in Fordgate.
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  • Somerset farmer, 66-year-old Bob Hall, loads some of his possessions onto a tractor trailer as he prepares to leave his property that flooded
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  • Fordgate resident Steve Parsons stands besides his flood damaged 1977 Triumph Stag that he restored over six years in a barn that flooded.
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  • 66-year-old Bob Hall, stands in his flooded kitchen as he loads some of his processions onto a tractor trailer as he prepares to leave his property.
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  • Marines from 40 Commando lay sandbags by the River Tone in Athelney, near Burrowbridge, as they help with flood defences on the Somerset Levels.
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  • Houses sit perilously close to flood water in Moorland as flood defences are erected to try and prevent the village from being lost to flooding
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  • A submerged headstone in the graveyard of Moorland church in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels
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  • A general view of floodwater on the Somerset Levels is pictured from Burrowbridge in Somerset
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  • Belongings are seen, piled up in a outhouse which has been surrounded by flood water in Moorland
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  • Floodwater from the River Parrett blocks a road from Thorney to Barrington in Somerset, England.

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