David Hall, the deputy leader Somerset County Council, told Daybreak that the Government's intervention is "crucial" to alleviate difficulties being faced by residents in the flood-hit county.
Hall said he wanted to remain "positive" about the flood relief but that the delay in action had made Somerset feel like "the forgotten county".
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