The Army chief in charge of flood relief efforts said they were dealing with "an almost unparalleled natural crisis" with the River Thames set to rise to its highest level in 60 years.
What we're seeing at the moment - and I've seen a fair bit of command and control in my career - is a really good multi-agency coordinated effort.
It's a really complicated problem in the face of an almost unparalleled natural crisis.
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The residents of one street in Egham in Surrey have described how they have coped with the devastating impact of the floods.
Somerset Levels have been one of the worst-affected areas during the floods and today's aerial images reveal the situation remains bleak.