Environment Minister 'impressed' with floods response

The Environment Minister Richard Benyon has said the response to the floods had been impressive but could always be improved from experience.

He told BBC Radio 4's The World At One:

I'm really impressed with the way the emergency services, the Environment Agency, the local authorities are working together, and humbled by the incredible community spirit in places like Broughton.

But we all have to realise that whatever we spend and whatever we do, there are 5.2 million homes in this country that are at some sort of flood risk.

The Government is doing a lot better, we have always got to learn from every single flood and realise it's the most miserable experience for people to have their homes flooded, and it's very damaging to the economy as well.

– Environment Minister Richard Benyon

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