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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Environment Agency chair: 'Sure I will hear robust views'

Lord Smith is to visit the Somerset Levels tomorrow for the first time since the flooding began Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith has said he is sure he will "hear robust views" during his visit to flood-hit Somerset tomorrow.

He added: "I'll be glad to hear robust views because it's very important that the people who are immediately affected by flooding get the chance to say what their concerns are."

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