Paterson 'can't do any more' to solve flooding problems

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told ITV News he "can't do more" than visit flood-hit communities and listen to the concerns of local people as he was criticised by furious residents during a visit to the Somerset Levels today.

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Agency dismisses claims dredging would prevent floods

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".

Councillor Julian Taylor after the Environment Secretary's visit to Northmoor Pumping Station in Moorland, Somerset. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

"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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