David Cameron says more could be done to prevent floods

"I think you can always do more, so here we are with a flood that was bigger than 1953, but with many fewer homes flooded - even though of course we built lots of homes in flood plains since then.

"So, I think the figure is had there been no flood defences you could have seen 800,000 homes flooded. So there's always more that can be done.

"There's always more flood defences that can be put in place, the funding is there but you can't always protect everything."

– David Cameron

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Cameron views tidal surge damage

David Cameron surveyed the extent of the flood damage as he visited a town hit by last week's tidal surge.