Lord Smith: Dredging rivers 'will form future plans'

Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith has said that dredging Somerset's Tone and Parrett rivers would have to be "an element" of plans to manage the flood risk in future.

Pumps active yesterday at Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels to help alleviate floodwater in fields and drainage ditches. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky News, Lord Smith said he had not yet visited the Somerset Levels since they were submerged, but has visited the area on three occasions over the past year and "will be going back there."

The Environment Agency chairman earlier admitted to ITV News that "we could have done better" in tackling the flooded areas in Somerset.

Read: Environment Agency: 'Could have done better over flooding'

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Charles criticises 'tragedy' of slow response to flooding

The Prince of Wales has criticised efforts to help those affected by the floods, saying: "The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long." He made the remarks during a visit to Somerset to meet victims and see the damage caused.