The floods in Somerset have become "almost a humanitarian crisis" and are a "national incident", according to the chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.
Anne McIntosh MP called for a repeat of the fundraising that had taken place during the 2007 Yorkshire floods, so people who wanted to help were able to donate.
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