These remarkable before and after pictures show the true horror of the flooding blighting England's southern counties after persistent rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks. The deluge has consumed entire villages in Somerset, with more than 800 homes along the banks of the Thames currently affected by the rising water levels.
Once busy shop fronts are now under water, farmland has been destroyed, while homes have been barricaded with sandbags in a desperate hope of relief from the ever-rising flood. Roads in some counties now look more like canals, while gardens resembles Medieval moats. And with further rainfall forecast, it could be weeks or even months before England is once again a green, pleasant and hopefully dry land.