The River Barle in Somerset swelled so much that it destroyed the ‘Tarr Steps’ – a Grade I listed ancient monument formed of massive stones weighing up to two tons apiece. The slabs, some measuring 8ft long, were swept away as downed trees crashed into them.
Local resident Martin Hesp said: ‘I have lived in the area for over 50 years and I have never seen anything like this before.
‘It must have been some mighty trees which were carried downstream and smashed through them.’
Story: Neil Sears, Daily Mail | Photo: ALAMY