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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PM: 'We will continue to keep up our urgent response'

Number 10 has issued a statement from the Prime Minister about this evening's meeting between ministers and officials about the extreme weather:

Today, Royal Marine Commandos from Taunton have been deployed in Somerset to fill sandbags and provide relief to the local emergency services, as more bad weather is forecast.

The Environment Agency has ordered specialist pumping equipment to clear roads, in addition to the extra pumps we have already sent, and they will keep looking at all options for pumping and dredging.

I want to reassure everyone affected by these terrible storms that we will continue to keep up our urgent response and help get them back on the move.

– David Cameron

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