The Environment Agency has dismissed claims that increased dredging of rivers on the Somerset Levels would have prevented the recent widespread flooding
Kate Marks, Environment Agency flood risk manager, said Britain "has faced an extraordinary combination of weather conditions over the last six weeks".
"We are doing everything we can to pump water off the Somerset Levels and have 65 pumps working 24-7 in the biggest pumping operation ever undertaken in the county," she continued.
“Dredging is often not the best long term or economic solution and increased dredging of rivers on the Somerset Levels would not have prevented the recent widespread flooding.”
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