The boss of UK Power Networks, which supplies eight million homes in the South East, has said that more could have been done in response to dealing with flood-hit Britain, according to the Mail on Sunday.
In an interview with the newspaper, Basil Scarsella said:
We could not have avoided the damage caused by the storm but we could have responded to it better.
A lot of our employees had gone away for holidays so it meant we had a level of depletion in our resources – and that caused problems with getting people’s power restored.
It’s difficult to justify saying the company has performed well when customers have been without power for five days, but once we had an idea of how bad it was we were able to mobilise as many engineers and office staff as possible.
David Cameron concedes that more flood prevention work needs to be done in areas like Yalding, where he was confronted by a local.
Within the next few hours, severe gales will hit northern England, Isle of Man and Wales. The rain will exacerbate the flood risk in places.
Three aircraft attempt to land at Birmingham Airport in today's tricky weather conditions.