The water continues to rise on the Somerset Levels, which have been enguled by the worst floods in living memory. Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker travelled more than a mile by boat with local beef producer James Winslade to visit his family’s farm.
Farmer James Winslade prepares to board a boat at Burrowbridge to so he can reach his family farm more than a mile away.
Road signs are now the only evidence there is a road below the floodwater.
James Winslade rescues the farm accounts and other vital paperwork.
James Winslade makes the journey by boat down the farm drive from his parents’ house.
Setting off on the return journey to Burrowbridge from Newhouse Farm.
Some 550 cattle were evacuated from the farm. Now the farm’s sheds are full of water.
James Winslade walks across his flooded farmyard.
The farm workshop and machinery shed is knee deep in water.
All livestock have long gone from the farm, which now lies abandoned.
The only way to reach West Yeo Farm and Newhouse Farm is by boat.
Getting around involves travelling by boat over fields, hedges and fences.
The only evidence this was once a road are the speed limit signs in the distance.
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