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Somerset landlord: EA should be 'disbanded'

The Environment Agency has done such a poor job in their response to the Somerset floods that they should be disbanded, a local landlord has told Daybreak.

Jim Winkworth said residents had been promised an action for future floods at the beginning of 2013, but it never materialised.

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Royal Marines heading to the Somerset Levels

18 Royal Marines from 40 Commando are heading to Stanmore Bank on the Somerset Levels where they will be working to reinforce the existing structure with sandbags and protect it from overtopping.

It will take approximately 2 or 3 hours for them to reinforce up to a 2 kilometre stretch of wall.

They also have 2 large vehicles with them.

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Environment Agency chief to visit Somerset Levels

The Chair of the Environment Agency Lord Smith will visit Somerset tomorrow:

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Prince Charles in Somerset - full report

Prince Charles was in the West Country today offering support and sympathy to those affected by the flooding on the Somerset levels. He met with residents, farmers and people from the emergency services as the area continues to cope with what's been more than a month of rising water.

The Prince of Wales is donating fifty thousand pounds from his countryside fund to those affected by the flooding. Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland reports.

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No 10 tiptoes around Charles flooding comments

Prince Charles appeared to criticise efforts to help flood victims in Somerset during a visit to the region today. Credit: PA Wire

Downing Street have tiptoed around the comments from Prince Charles about how long residents in Somerset have had to wait to get a response to the flooding.

A spokesman said the Prime Minister "has repeatedly said that the situation is unacceptable" and "desperate."

He said the government is "working as hard as possible" to resolve the problem and added: "The local communities will have welcomed the Prince of Wales' visit."

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Charles: Tragedy is that nothing happened for so long

Prince Charles has said the "tragedy" in flood-hit Somerset "is that nothing happened for so long" to help as he met local residents, farmers and emergency services personnel who have been affected.

Speaking at a reception, the Prince of Wales said: "There's nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something. The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."

Earlier, Charles offered his support to the region by pledging a £50,000 donation which will be used to provide emergency relief grants to small businesses and those affected by the flooding.

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Prince Charles visits cut-off village in Somerset

Prince Charles has been transported by boat to the cut-off village of Muchelney in Somerset.

Prince Charles making his way to Muchelney Credit: ITN

The prince was then given a tour of the area on the back of a tractor, to see for himself what locals have had to deal with in the flood-hit region.

Prince Charles is accompanied by emergency workers Credit: ITN

The Prince of Wales was meeting residents, farmers and business owners in his tour of Somerset.

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Prince of Wales' fund gives £50,000 to flood relief

The Prince of Wales' Countryside Fund is to donate £50,000 from its emergency fund to help farmers and rural communities in Somerset.

The news was announced as Prince Charles attended a reception at Stoke St Gregory village hall today meeting some of the organisations providing support to the region and hearing first-hand about those struggling with severe flooding as a result of the wettest January since records began.

The Duke of Westminster has confirmed he will personally match the funding and donate an additional £50,000 taking the total available to £100,000.

Prince Harry to open new centre at Devonport

Prince Harry will formally open the Royal Navy's new £30m amphibious centre at the Devonport. Credit: Andrew Winning/PA Wire

Prince Harry is due in Plymouth today.

He'll formally open the Royal Navy's new £30m amphibious centre at the Devonport Naval Base on Friday.

Royal Marines Tamar will be a centre of operations for small craft, hovercraft and fast boats and will train marines in coastal and river landings.

The prince will also attend a parade and reception at the centre.

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