Flooded communities begin to recover their homes and businesses

Thousands of residents have been displaced by Storm Desmond, but now the clean-up process begins as people across the region start to salvage their homes and businesses.

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Floods Minister 'shocked' by December's floods

Floods Minister Rory Stewart MP has admitted that his department and other government agencies were shocked by the level of rainfall in December's floods.

The MP for Penrith and the Border has said the Met Office's records were smashed by Storm Desmond.

He also believes that despite a commonly held view that the dredging of rivers is a solution to the flooding problem the reality is very different.

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