Environment Secretary meets flood victims

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman meets local residents in Devon
Environment secretary Caroline Spelman meets local residents Philip Nolwenn and Luke Nolwenn after flooding in Ottery St Mary, Devon Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has met with flood victims who saw a deluge of water come through their village during yesterday's floods.

Toby, a six-year-old rescue dog
Toby, a six-year-old rescue dog, was still trying to find his lost bone. On hearing the story, Ms Spelman said: "It's long gone I fear." Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

She was visiting Ottery St Mary, near Exeter, which saw some of its main roads turn into rivers after a month's worth of rain fell in just 24 hours.

Ms Spelman stopped at different locations around the village and talked to people about how effective these measures were during yesterday's downpour.

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman meets local residents in Devon
Philip and Nolwenn Luke described how an an early warning system allowed them to move the car to a safe area Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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