Four lambs survived flood

PUBLISHED: 12:43 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

AN Otterton resident has said he was astonished to find four of his lambs unhurt, despite them being swept a quarter-of-a-mile by flood waters. Phillip Greenhowe, The Green, Otterton, was keeping six lambs in an orchard adjacent to his property when the f

AN Otterton resident has said he was astonished to find four of his lambs unhurt, despite them being swept a quarter-of-a-mile by flood waters.Phillip Greenhowe, The Green, Otterton, was keeping six lambs in an orchard adjacent to his property when the floods hit.But, after assuming they had been killed, he was shocked to find four of them, all together, in perfect health huddled underneath a tree:"I really thought I had lost them," he said. "But to find them all together on Anchoring Hill was a bonus."It's about quarter-of-a-mile away and they must have been swept across The Mill Stream. Sheep aren't particularly good swimmers."Sadly, however, one of them wasn't found at all while another was found dead on a nearby fence."I'm a bit angry. I'm a member of Flood Watch and there was no flood alert given."If there had been I could have put up my flood boards and would have saved my house from an inch of chocolate-coloured water."Amazingly two of three bee hives kept in his orchard also survived - despite four feet of water.

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