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."
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.
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