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Pickles 'entirely agrees' with Charles' flood criticism

The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said he "entirely agreed" with Prince Charles's criticism about authorities' response to the floods.

He said: "I think people were surprised...but as soon as were alerted by the authorities we acted promptly."

Watch: Prince Charles speaks of Somerset flooding 'tragedy'

However, Mr Pickles would not be drawn in to if it were the Government or the Environment Agency who 'took so long' to react to the floods.

Earlier this week Prince Charles said the "tragedy" in flood-hit Somerset "is that nothing happened for so long" to help as he met local residents, farmers and emergency services personnel who have been affected.

Watch: Eric Pickles claims Environment Agency should have done more

Prince Charles get his nose tweaked by toddler

The Prince of Wales's nose proved an irresistible attraction to a toddler whose parents endured watching their home burn to the ground during the Tottenham riots.

Charles returned to the scene of the major disturbance to learn how the area is recovering.

The Prince of Wales meets husband and wife Mehmet and Burcin Akbasak and their twin daughters Kayla and Lara, aged 12 months. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The heir to the throne shared a lighter moment with husband and wife Mehmet and Burcin Akbasak - who lost their home when rioters set fire to the Carpetright building and flats above.

The dramatic pictures of the Tottenham landmark glowing red hot became a iconic image of the August 2011 riots.

Prince Charles visited Tottenham today to see how the area was recovering from the London riots. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In the shadow of the rebuilt building, Charles sympathised with Mr Akbasak and his wife - who are originally from Turkey - as the couple held their twin daughters Kayla and Lara aged 12 months.

Kayla reached out and made a grab for the prince's nose and he leant forward and happily let the toddler play with his face.Mr Akbasak, 33, said: "Both my daughters are friendly but Kayla was quite interested in the prince and they shared a nice moment."

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Prince Charles offers support to flood-hit Somerset

The Prince of Wales (centre) steps from a boat after travelling to the flood-hit community of Muchleney. Credit: PA Wire
The Prince of Wales arrives to speak with members of the flood-hit community in the village of Stoke St Gregory. Credit: PA Wire
The Prince of Wales boards a small rescue boat to travel to a flood-hit community. Credit: PA Wire

Watch: Prince Charles appears to criticise efforts to help flood victims

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No 10 tiptoes around Charles flooding comments

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Prince Charles appeared to criticise efforts to help flood victims in Somerset during a visit to the region today. Credit: PA Wire

Downing Street have tiptoed around the comments from Prince Charles about how long residents in Somerset have had to wait to get a response to the flooding.

A spokesman said the Prime Minister "has repeatedly said that the situation is unacceptable" and "desperate."

He said the government is "working as hard as possible" to resolve the problem and added: "The local communities will have welcomed the Prince of Wales' visit."

Watch: Charles: Tragedy is that nothing happened for so long

Environment Agency warns of further coastal flooding

High sea levels combined with strong winds and large waves will increase the risk of coastal flooding along the south west and southern coasts of England tonight, the Environment Agency has warned.

Further rain could also cause river and surface flooding in the south and west of England as well as parts of the Midlands.

The Prince of Wales has visited local residents in Somerset today. Credit: PA Wire

There are currently 44 flood warnings and 157 flood alerts in place across England and Wales, with more expected to be issued along the Dorset coastline in time for the Wednesday morning high tide.

“With further river and coastal flooding expected this week we have teams working around the clock to protect homes and communities, and over 117,000 homes have been protected over the past three days," John Curtin, head of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said.

“Strong winds and waves could be dangerous, and we would urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades for fear of being swept away, and not to drive through flood water. We have particular concern for West Bay, Weymouth, Preston Beach and Chiswell in Dorset.”

Watch: Prince Charles: Tragedy is that nothing happened for so long

Charles: Tragedy is that nothing happened for so long

Prince Charles has said the "tragedy" in flood-hit Somerset "is that nothing happened for so long" to help as he met local residents, farmers and emergency services personnel who have been affected.

Speaking at a reception, the Prince of Wales said: "There's nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something. The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."

Earlier, Charles offered his support to the region by pledging a £50,000 donation which will be used to provide emergency relief grants to small businesses and those affected by the flooding.

Read: Prince Charles visits cut-off village in Somerset

Prince Charles visits cut-off village in Somerset

Prince Charles has been transported by boat to the cut-off village of Muchelney in Somerset.

Prince Charles making his way to Muchelney Credit: ITN

The prince was then given a tour of the area on the back of a tractor, to see for himself what locals have had to deal with in the flood-hit region.

Prince Charles is accompanied by emergency workers Credit: ITN

The Prince of Wales was meeting residents, farmers and business owners in his tour of Somerset.

Read: Prince Charles meets Somerset's flood-hit residents

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