Floods Minister Rory Stewart MP has admitted that his department and other government agencies were shocked by the level of rainfall in December's floods.
The MP for Penrith and the Border has said the Met Office's records were smashed by Storm Desmond.
He also believes that despite a commonly held view that the dredging of rivers is a solution to the flooding problem the reality is very different.
Floods Minster and Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart is visiting Warcop near Appleby today.
Residents say the village, which was hit by the Storm Desmond floods in early December, has been ignored and has not had the attention of other flooded areas.
Rory Stewart has been named chair of a new Cumbrian Floods Partnership.
The MP for Penrith and the Border says the idea is to help the county recover from Storm Desmond, and improve flood defences for the future.
The Penrith MP and junior Environment Minister Rory Stewart has promised there will be better times ahead for dairy farmers at a meeting in Cumbria. The MP told around 200 farmers that world markets will pick up and that the Government will do all it can to prevent volitility in milk prices. Mr Stewart addressed the farmers at a crisis meeting at Rheged near Penrith this evening. The crisis in dairy farming has come about because many farmers say the price of milk is less than the cost of production.
Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, has been made a junior minister in David Cameron's new government.
He'll take up the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Many MPs are using the summer recess to fly off on holiday to get a break. But one of our MPs has taken a plane straight to Iraq instead, to see for himself the war and suffering spread by Islamic militants.
Penrith and the Border's Rory Stewart is Chair of Parliament's Defence Committee and has spoken to ITV News from Irbil, where he's gathering vital information.
Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports:
The MP for Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart, is in Iraq gathering information, as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.
The Conservative MP chairs the Defence Select Committee in Parliament. He's monitoring the situation in the Kurdish city of Irbil.
Penrith and the Borders MP, Rory Stewart, is in Iraq on a fact finding mission as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.
He's warning that the UK needs to understand the situation better before taking more action.
Richard Wilson reports.