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Cut off by floods, British village becomes an island

Published on Feb 4, 2014 7:37 PM

MUCHELNEY, United Kingdom (AFP) - It has been nearly five weeks since the tiny village of Muchelney, which means "great island" in Old English, became marooned by the floods caused by record rainfall in Britain.

The 150 inhabitants of the hamlet in the heart of the Somerset Levels, a marshy plain in southwest England, are becoming seasoned sailors as they take to the water to make contact with the outside world.

But in this historic area as in the rest of the country, criticism of the government's emergency response is rising like the floodwaters.

Heir to the throne Prince Charles was visiting Muchelney on Tuesday to try to boost the spirits of a suffering community.

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