Just 18 Marines have been sent to help with the flood defences on the Somerset Levels. Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that the marines from 40 Commando near Taunton are hoping to lay 1,000 pre-filled sandbags along a 1-2km stretch of retaining wall.
Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.