David Cameron meets Environment Agency representatives at the multi-agency run Silver Command control room at Taunton Command Centre
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Somerset floods: David Cameron denies slow response to floods

The Prime Minister has denied flooding in Somerset took longer to "get on the government's radar" than the situation in the south east of England.

The Somerset Levels first flooded at the end of December and a major incident was declared by Somerset County Council on 24 January.

Speaking at the silver command control room in Taunton, David Cameron said that "as soon as the problems came in Somerset" a response was put in action.

He was also challenged about why the government did not sanction spending an extra £1m to dredge rivers on the Somerset Levels.

  • 11 Feb 2014
  • From the section England
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