Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banks

Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banksDream Christmas becomes nightmare for 12 members of the Hughes familyThey had to be rescued from a luxury cottage in Uckinghall, GlosIt was the first time the whole family had been together for 20 years | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 31 December 2012 A Christmas break in a luxurious cottage by the Severn probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But it turned into a nightmare for the Hughes family when the river burst its banks and they were stranded indoors for a week looking out at waist-deep water before eventually being rescued by boat.

UK floods: Three ponies put down after being left marooned by water

Three ponies put down after being left marooned by floodwater as homeowners are warned of fresh deluge to end the yearThe horses had been grazing on flood plains in Over Causeway, Gloucester, which became water-locked following weeks of heavy rain | UPDATED: 22:55 GMT, 30 December 2012 Severe flooding trapped 60 horses on a tiny mud island, leaving them desperate for food and water. Attempts have been made to save the herd, but people living nearby have accused the RSPCA of taking too long to respond. Three of the horses had to be put down after suffering from salmonella, while many others were said to have become seriously dehydrated