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Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.

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Fresh misery for people living in Somerset Levels

There is fresh misery for people living in the Somerset Levels, where two severe flood warnings remain in place signifying a danger to life.

A fresh wave of heavy rain is expected to hit southern England and Wales at around 6am. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency said the first warning affects the Salt Moor and North Moor while the second is in place on the A361 between east Lyng and Burrowbridge, including the Somerset Levels Basket and craft Centre Area.

Many flood-hit homes on the Somerset levels have already been evacuated, and further rainfall raises the prospect of more residents having to leave their houses.

The Met Office warned that a fresh wave of heavy rain will hit southern England and Wales at around 6am today. They said up to 1.6ins (40mm) of rain is being predicted to fall in the south coast, where many areas are already drenched from recent storms and floods

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