Lord Smith: We can certainly try and do better

"We'll never be able to keep the Somerset Levels dry in every eventuality but we can certainly try and do better than we've been able to do up until now," Environment Agency chair Lord Smith admitted today.

"I can absolutely understand the frustration that people feel," he said in an interview with ITV News political correspondent Carl Dinnen.

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Environment Agency: 'Could have done better over flooding'

The Environment Agency chairman has admitted to ITV News that "we could have done better" in tackling the flooded areas in Somerset. But Lord Smith defended the agency's priorities, saying they were working with a "purse that was not limitless."