The Chairman of the Devon Flood Risk Management Partnership has said that "lessons needs to be looked at" after heavy rain swept across the UK. Stuart Hughes, who is also the Devon County Councillor for Highways and Transportation said:
This has been a tough weekend bringing misery to hundreds of residents ahead of Christmas and my heart goes out to those families whose homes have flooded.
Whilst the mop up operation will clearly take some time and more rain is expected over the coming week, experience from both the July and November flooding incidents shows just how important it is for the worst affected communities and key agencies to get together quickly to look at exactly what happened and see if there are lessons for the future.
Farmers unable to get winter crops in the ground because their land is waterlogged have told shoppers to expect rising food prices in 2013.
Hundreds of flood warnings are in place across England and Wales, with Scotland warned to prepare for heavy rain.
As much of the UK faces flooding and the heavy rain continues, will Christmas be a washout?