"Mr Liddell-Grainger uses colourful language a lot of the time. I'm not going to play silly games like that, there's much more important things to be doing. Concentrating on what we can do seriously for the future protect of the Somerset Levels."
Large waves and strong winds are threatening to cause further significant flooding along the Devon and Dorset coasts tomorrow where some communities and defences are vulnerable after this week’s storms.
Further heavy rainfall is expected starting this evening continuing into Saturday, exacerbating the risks of flooding from rivers and surface water across the south west, central and south east of England.
Chair of the agency Lord Smith said: "This weekend will see no respite in the extreme weather and I urge people especially in southern England to be prepared for further flooding and to sign up to Environment Agency flood warnings.”
The chairman of the Environment Agency has expressed "sincere sympathies" but has still not apologised to those who have been flooded.
Residents have said the agency is responsible for the extent of the floods due to for not dredging rivers.
On the Somerset Levels I met with people who had experienced terrible weeks of flooding and was able to express my sincere sympathies; flooding has a dreadful impact on people’s lives and my heart goes out to them.
I have talked with residents about the future of the Somerset levels and how we can work together with partners to deal with the flooding.
Dredging will form part of the answer and work will commence as soon as safe to do so. In the meantime our pumps continue to operate 24/7 to drain water away.
Jim Winkworth, a farmer and landlord of the King Alfred pub in the village of Burrowbridge, said he was "bloody mad" after a meeting with Lord Smith.
Asked how he felt by the Environment Agency chief's refusal to apologise, he said: "Bloody mad. We thought that's the least he could do today and he's not apologising or admitting any liability."
Speaking of Lord Smith's successor when he is due to stand down in the summer, Mr Winkworth said: "Whoever gets his job needs to be someone who is prepared to listen to people on the ground and actually kick some arse, get some work done and actually do some dredging and maintain structures".
Lord Smith reportedly told residents that it had set aside £400,000 for dredging but that this was not enough and there was "no point starting a job and not finishing it".