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.
The TV impressionist is performing a series of charity gigs to raise money for those affected by flooding across the north of England.
Lord Liddle claims the government is not doing enough to help councils deal with the clean up and repair work after Storms Desmond and Eva.
After collapsing six weeks ago, construction has began to build a temporary replacement.