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Flood warnings across UK

Flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the country as forecasters predict more wet weather. 2012 looks set to become the wettest year on record for the UK.

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Flood residents should have 'direct line to central Government'

Communities in Cornwall worst affected by this year's flooding have been urged to make use of "a direct hotline to Government" to help prevent future disasters.

Floodplains were saturated and roads became impassable, while sections of Britain's public transport network ground to a halt in the county.

Tory MP Sheryll Murray, whose South East Cornwall constituency was badly affected by the flooding, has been in contact with Environment Minister Richard Benyon and is determined to pass on residents' concerns and suggestions in an effort to avoid future devastation.

Asked if that meant she had a direct hotline to the heart of Government, the Conservative MP said: "Yes it certainly is, the minister does take notice of what all members of Parliament say to him. He is a very, very caring, committed minister who looks for a solution."

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