Floods minister in Trevone

Flooding Minister Dan Rogerson has met with residents in Trevone near Padstow. The village has been badly damaged by the storms.

Lynmouth floods remembered

60 years ago today, the villages of Lynmouth and Barbrook were devastated by floods

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West Country (E)

Police patrol flood areas to prevent thefts

Mounted police have begun patrolling parts of the Somerset Levels to reassure residents after weekend thefts in flood-hit areas.

Quad bikes and heating oil are among the things that are being stolen, with thieves taking advantage of isolated or empty properties. Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland has been to see one farmer who finds himself the victim of flooding and crime.

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West Country (E)

Environment Agency faces difficult choices

There has been strong reaction to an article today by the chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, saying that difficult decisions about spending on flood defences will mean choosing between "front rooms or farmland".

Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine says this sort of comment is not likely to go down well with people under water on the Somerset Levels. A question he posed to Pete Fox, an Environment Agency spokesman

West Country (E)

Cameron calls for end to 41p a minute floods helpline

David Cameron wants an end to 41p a minute flood helplines Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prime Minister wants the use of premium rate telephone helplines for flooding victims to be ended. Householders calling the 0845 number, which was set up by the Environment Agency, are having to pay up to 41p a minute, with the money going to a private firm.

Speaking to reporters at a Westminster media briefing, Mr Cameron's official spokesman said the premium-rate helpline number would not be scrapped immediately, and victims of flooding should continue to use it.

But he said: "The Prime Minister is very clear that the use of premium rate lines should be scrapped as quickly as it possibly can be."

West Country (E)

Call for Prime Minister to see flooding for himself

Two severe flood warnings, meaning there is a danger to life, are still in place across the region tonight. More rain is expected over the next few days.

And as communities in Somerset enter their sixth week of flooding, they're calling on the Prime Minister to come and see the devastation for himself.

Eli-Louise Wringe reports.

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Crowds turn out to watch River Parrett break banks

by Martha Fairlie - ITV News reporter

Extra sandbags have been put in place on the River Parrett in Burrowbridge over the last 24 hours, but the water level looked perilously close to overflowing this morning.

Large crowds had gathered - a combination of local residents and the media - to watch as a few leaks turned into a torrent of water that is now pouring down the road.

Residents fear it could make some of the roads impassable and that some of their houses may get cut off.

Watch: Waves lash seafront in Welsh town of Aberystwyth

More: Latest on the floods

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Staffordshire comes to aid of Somerset flooding victims

Two amphibious vehicles are being driven down to Somerset today from Alrewas in Staffordshire to help victims of flooding on the Somerset Levels.

I have been working with Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit for some years on the re-utilisation of equipment like this, and for exactly this kind of emergency.

I'm really pleased to see that Staffordshire's highly detailed preparations for all emergency situations will now be used to help the people of Somerset who so desperately need this type of support.

– James Leavesley, Group Director
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