Flood defences have held despite taking "a real battering" over the last few weeks, the head of the environment, food and rural affairs committee has told Daybreak.
Anne McIntosh implied the taxpayer could take some small comfort that "flood defences have held in every scenario in these last few weeks", especially after the Environment Agency had its budget slashed as part of the austerity programme.
However, she warned what little money was available would have to go on maintaining existing flood defences if Britain was to withstand storms in the future:
"They will need to be maintained, so it is not just a case of building new homes in appropriate places....but maintaining those flood defences that have served the country so well in this battering that we have seen over the last few days."
MPs have asked Defra to provide more information about how private companies will contribute towards the costs of flood defences.
A spokesman for Defra said that so-called partnership funding is expected to deliver around £148 million up to 2015.
But today's report from the Efra committee calls for more detail on the level of contributions from businesses and organisations that could benefit from the flood defences, and how this will increase in the future.
Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle has called on Defra to explain how cuts to the Environment Agency, which it funds, will not have an "adverse impact" on communities at risk of flooding.
[Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has] failed to prioritise investment in flood defences, nor explained how communities at risk from flooding will not be adversely impacted by major reductions in Environment Agency staff, despite evidence that extreme weather conditions are set to become more frequent.
Farmers in Carlisle have been learning about a new plan for eliminating Bovine TB.
Defra's latest strategy divides the country into areas based on their risk of outbreaks.
It also recommends a combination of badger culls, vaccination and testing. Our region is among the lowest risk areas of the UK, but experts say it is still important that farmers here do their bit to help drive the disease out of the country.
Michael Seals, Chairman, Animal Health and Welfare Board.
Michael Seals, the Chairman of the Animal Health and Welfare Board and Defra representatives is available at the meeting in Carlisle to discuss effective strategies for managing Bovine TB risk. He is also available to hear farmers' thoughts and concerns.