The environment minister Dan Rogerson said Government spending on flood defences has protected "1.4 million properties" from flooding.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Rogerson justified the spending levels after an extra £270m was used in Somerset due to the "wettest winter on record."
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We look back at some of the stories, people and events that stood out in 2014.
It will be a frosty Christmas morning across the UK but any chance of snow is limited to the Scottish mountains.
Fainting dogs, dancing grooms and an attacker who picked on the wrong girl all featured highly in our most-read stories of the year.