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British flood victims angry at lack of help

Published on Feb 11, 2014 9:35 PM
 
A display car at a car dealership has been left on a ramp above floodwater in Datchet in Berkshire, South East England, on Feb 10, 2014. The floodwaters are rising in Datchet but there appears to be no one around to help except David Cannon the water-taxi man. -- PHOTO: AFP

DATCHET (AFP) - The floodwaters are rising in Datchet but there appears to be no one around to help except David Cannon the water-taxi man.

This quaint English town may be just a mile from the elite Eton College where Britain's prime minister went to school, but residents say they are waiting in vain for any substantial help from the government.

Instead it is up to people like Cannon, a 52-year-old scoutmaster, and other volunteers to help get people through the waters that have come from the swollen River Thames.

"It's a very popular service at the moment," Cannon tells AFP in the driving rain after giving a local resident a lift in his red canoe.

 
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