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Flooding sees school plan to evacuate water buffalo

Water Buffalo on the West Rise School farm are being moved from their Langney Llevels location. January 6th 2014 E01079Q

Water Buffalo on the West Rise School farm are being moved from their Langney Llevels location. January 6th 2014 E01079Q

The torrential rain and heavy winds have caused chaos for the community but this week an unexpected set of residents were set to be evacuated from their home because of severe flooding.

The water buffalo which reside at West Rise Marsh have also been feeling the effects of the stormy conditions and a decision was made to move the three adults and two calves to pastures new.

Attempts to move the buffalo to date have failed, partly thanks to the heavy rain startling the group, but farm manager Alex Richards said they were hoping to transfer the group to Middle Farm on Wednesday for a temporary period.

The 49-year-old said the farm had kindly offered a barn for the buffalo to reside free of charge and Hobbs Recovery Services had moved a tractor over to the site for no cost.

He said the reason behind moving the buffalo, which belong to West Rise Junior School, was for their own welfare, adding, “On Christmas Day 90 per cent of the marsh was flooded and it’s never been like that before.

“It’s not very comfortable for them because of the amount of water and because of the mud.”

He said it had not been possible to drive a vehicle down to the shed and therefore quad bikes were used on the marsh on Monday in attempt to round up the herd but the mission was unsuccessful.

The water buffalo form part of the children’s Bronze Age studies.

 

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