Faces of the Floods is a project by photographer Charlie Clift recording and documenting the efforts of the volunteer groups and services to help those in need.

More than 6,000 homes have been affected by floods in the UK this winter. Thousands of people have suffered. Hundreds of people are helping those in need. Faces of the Flood is a project showing the incredible effort and solidarity among those tackling the difficulties in the Somerset Levels.

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A pump engineer lays a new pipeline to drain floodwater threatening dry homes.

 

From the Photographer: After watching the news about the flood hit areas of the UK I realised I needed to do something to record the floods and help those affected. After a small about of research I realised that the efforts of volunteer groups and services were amazing. So I travelled to the Somerset Levels to join them.

Immediately on my arrival to any flooded area I came across loads of people helping out. There wasn’t a split between authority and volunteers, just everyone working together getting their feet wet and their hands dirty. Some had taken time off work, others had travelled down from London or Yorkshire, and specialists had worked non-stop for over a month. Although the damage to buildings and homes was horrible it was fantastic to see the community spirit and helpful attitude of those lending a hand. I hope my images help promote their efforts and encourage others to help out as well.

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Local volunteer Cath shovels wood-chip to help strengthen the riverbanks.

 

Boris helps move donated hay bales for relocated livestock.

Boris helps move donated hay bales for relocated livestock.

 

FLAG volunteers Aaron and Jay transport a trapped Environment Agency van over the flood waters on a floating pontoon.

FLAG volunteers Aaron and Jay transport a trapped Environment Agency van over the flood waters on a floating pontoon.

 

A soldier from 39 Engineer Regiment helps move wood chip in Burrowbridge.

A soldier from 39 Engineer Regiment helps move wood chip in Burrowbridge.

 

A Moorland villager clears debris in his front garden.

A Moorland villager clears debris in his front garden.

 

To see more from this series please visit facesoftheflood.tumblr.