Reporters, camera crews and sound technicians have made life unbearable for the hard pressed inhabitants of low lying west country farmlands in recent weeks.
'You can't wade down the street without someone stuffing a microphone in your face', said Lucy Drainblocked, 'And they won't let you go till you've cried on camera!'
'My husband found some of them chasing a sow and her piglets out into the floodwater so they could get a shot of them swimming for their lives!' said a farmer's wife, who didn't want to be named. Residents complain of freezing conditions and near starvation because media personnel have commandeered all the tractors and amphibious vehicles to transport their equipment from location to location. 'They're supposed to be used to bring us food and firewood', said a distressed pensioner.
Local shopkeeper Ranjit Patel, handing out tins of tomato soup from his first floor window to a shopper in an inflatable dinghy added 'I don't know how much more of this media coverage we can take'.
W. Somerset Level - Literary Correspondent