Dozens of communities repeatedly blighted by flooding are still not getting the protection they deserve, according to a report out today.Read the full story ›
A new report has criticised the amount of money being spent on some flooding projects by the Environment Agency.
According to the National Audit Office, many schemes are only being maintained to a 'minimal level' because they only protect a few homes.
The Agency has defended its record, insisting it is making record levels of investment.
Ian Liddell-Grainger says he intends to confront the Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, about a commitment to provide £3 million to set up a new Somerset Rivers Board, and to support a tidal barrage across the river Parrett at Bridgwater.
He says these are needed to prevent a repeat of last winter's flooding.
What I need is for the Secretary of State to say we will make absolutely sure you get the interim funding. We'll agree on the setting up and the start date, which I think is fairly non-contentious. But we will also make sure that that barrage, and funding, will be made available in the near future through the autumn statement.
A Somerset MP has criticised the Environment Secretary for what he regards as a failure to promise money for further flood prevention work.
Ian Liddell-Grainger says he intends to confront Liz Truss about a commitment to provide £3 million to set up a new Somerset rivers board, and to support a tidal barrage across the River Parrett at Bridgwater.
The dredging of the Rivers Parrett and Tone on the Somerset Levels is now complete. The Environment Agency has been trying to reassure residents that it will be enough to prevent further flooding but says it cannot rule out the prospect.
It has revealed the following details:
8km of river was dredged at a cost of £6 million pounds. The silt removed in the operation was used to improve 250 acres of farmland.
Work has taken place at Dunball to ensure emergency pumps can be brought in at a moment's notice should they be required.
Options for increasing the capacity of the King's Sedgemoor drain are being considered. £8 million is available for the work
Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has accused The Environment Secretary Liz Truss of gross insensitivity towards families whose homes were flooded on the Somerset Levels. Ms Truss is due in Stoke St Gregory near Taunton today to mark the end of dredging on the Rivers Parrett and Tone. But the Bridgwater MP is angry she's not visiting communities where families still haven't moved back into their homes.
Dredgers have removed more than 120,000 tonnes from the Rivers Parrett and Tone to stop a repeat of the floods in Somerset.Read the full story ›
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to lose his job in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.
The Conservative minister came under intense pressure, following his handling of the flooding on the Somerset levels, and also received criticism for the horsemeat scandal and unsuccessful badger culls. Meanwhile, North Somerset MP Liam Fox is tipped to make a return to the front benches.
There's been so much help offered to farmers hit by the flooding that a site set up to store donated produce is full.Read the full story ›