The village of Muchelney on the flooded Somerset Levels has been cut off for nearly a month. Residents wanting to leave the village to go shopping have had to rely on an hourly boat service.

Council chiefs hit out at government agencies and the Environment Agency for failing to help.

Environment secretary Owen Paterson was heckled by angry locals on a visit to a pumping station. Paterson admitted the government could have done more to help residents - and that some rivers in the county should have been dredged.

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A police operated boat carries residents of the village of Muchelney across floodwatersReuters
A man waves from the back of a tractor as it heads through flood water in the village of Thorney on the way to MuchelneyGetty
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The flooded Somerset Levels outside LangportReuters
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: Environment secretary Owen Paterson deals with angry residents on a visit to the Northmoor pumping stationGetty
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Trees reflected in the flooded Somerset Levels, near LangportGetty
A temporary floating pontoon on a flooded road to the village of MuchelneyReuters
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Give way to the left: A swan and a car share a flooded country laneGetty
Floodwater pumped by the Environment Agency into the River Parrott in Moorland, SomersetGetty
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A house is surrounded by floodwater in Long Sutton on the flooded Somerset LevelsReuters
Allotments near Langport in Somerset are partially submergedGetty
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Stating the obvious: A warning sign caught in the floodwatersGetty
James Winslade examines flood damage at his farm in Moorland, SomersetGetty