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Pickles: 'Might have been a problem' over floods response

The Communities and Local Government Secretary has appeared to suggest the Government and authorities may have been slow to react to the problem of the flooding. Ministers have announced an extra £30m for emergency repairs - £130m in total.

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Eric Pickles take charge of Government flood response

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was due to chair COBR tomorrow and make a statement to the house.

Unfortunately due to emergency surgery to repair a detached retina he will be unable to do so. He is expected to be off for a few days.

In his absence, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will be in charge of the Government’s response to the floods.

He will chair tomorrow afternoon’s COBR. However, the Prime Minister will remain very closely involved.

– Downing Street spokesperson

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