The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee this evening, as flood misery is set to continue in the coming days. David Cameron said in a statement:
The extent of the extreme weather this winter is clear. The Thames barrier has been in operation for over 30 years and yet one quarter of all its total closures have happened in the last three months.
I was reassured that all the agencies involved – thousands of people locally and nationally – have made huge efforts over last few days to protect more homes and businesses, with over 3,000 of our troops deployed on task tonight and many hundreds more on standby.