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Somerset Flood Victims 'Cautiously Optimistic'
Residents hit by flooding in Somerset say they have seen progress after two days of intense media interest, military aid and visits from the Prime Minister and head of the Environment Agency.
While the flood waters swelled around them, drinkers at the King Alfred pub in Burrowbridge let their hair down for the first time in weeks and started to hope that the worst was behind them.
One resident from the village said: "It is looking as though after all the visits, maybe something will start to happen, but it's been a long time coming and I just think for all the people, it's just so sad."
Earlier on Friday, David Cameron visited residents of the flood-hit region and said that mistakes were made in the past which have contributed to the crisis.
In the King Alfred, a customer responded to the visit and promise of extra aid saying: "We understand that there's a lot of new pumps brought in which are going to be working in a couple of days - you've just got to feel sorry for all the farmers and the people in the villages that are really suffering - it's desperate times for them, desperate."
The King Alfred pub, which sits alongside the River Parrett, has been a focal point for the flood crisis.
Landlord Jim Winkworth has been outspoken about his anger that dredging wasn't carried out after the last floods hit a year ago.
He told Sky News that the floods have cut off many of his regular customers and he's losing more than £2,000 a week as a result.
On Friday night, he spent most of the evening using his jeep to ferry people to and from villages cut off by water too deep for cars.
He said: "It's been a busy night, a lot of back and forth but how else am I going to get people in the pub?"
Speaking following widespread criticism of the Government's response to the crisis, the Prime Minister said it was "wrong" to stop dredging in the Levels in the 1990s, adding: "We need to get dredging again."
He also promised an increase in money to support efforts.
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