"In Somerset, the Environment Agency is starting a further flood alleviation plan and, as I've said before, when the water levels come down and it's safe to do so, they will be dredging to make Nike Sb Long Sleeve T Shirt
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has blamed faulty Agency advice for the scale of the damage to the Somerset Levels and declined to dismiss calls for the former Labour cabinet minister to resign.
But he issued a furious broadside at what he said were attempts by politicians to undermine the work and reputation of the Agency in a bid to secure better media coverage.
"So when politicians start saying it's Environment Agency advice or decisions that are to blame, they need to realise that it's in fact government rules Nike Tracksuit For Boys laid down by successive governments, Labour and Tory that are at the heart of the problem."
He accepted there was " always more that we can do" and welcomed a 130 million Government funding boost for repairs.
Network Rail had been told to do " whatever it takes" to restore badly disrupted rail links which earlier saw the south west cut off entirely.
new 7 million severe weather assistance fund for local councils.
The peer hit back at criticism of his and the quango's handling of the situation and pointed the finger of blame for the failure to sufficiently dredge rivers at Treasury funding rules.
As politicians traded blows on the political fall out from the disaster, police were investigating whether seven year old Zane Gbangbola, who died after falling ill in his flood hit home in Chertsey, Surrey, may have become a victim of the floods.
we are doing all we can to get them back on their feet," Mr Cameron said.
"What really saddens me, though, is seeing the Environment Agency's work and expertise in flood risk management, internationally respected and locally praised in many parts of the country, being used as a political football for a good media story," he wrote in an article for the Guardian.
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Rail operators are now able to run trains to Exeter but there is still major disruption to services following flooding, landslides and collapsing track beds in the West Country.
Officers have refused to be drawn on whether carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator pumping out flood water from his home may have been to blame, which also saw his parents, Kye Gbangbola and Nicole Lawler, taken ill.
It had put the maximum 400,000 on the table it was allowed to, he said, but "t he additional funds from other sources that would be needed didn't come in".
Repeated calls for dredging were made to Downing Street and other Whitehall departments by farmers and others in the region from at least six months ago but funding was declined.
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Under fire Environment Agency boss Lord Smith has accused ministers of "getting in the way" of vital work to deal with devastating floods by turning the crisis into a political row.
Heavy rain and winds of more than 60mph will die down throughout today but the brief respite will be broken by another storm arriving tomorrow night.
With more severe weather expected over the coming days, there are now 16 severe flood warnings in place meaning a risk to life as more areas brace for rising waters, notably the Thames Valley.
There are nearly 300 low level flood alerts and almost 200 medium risk warnings in place across Wales and central and southern England.
"They'll carry on doing so. But there's no place for playing politics in the serious business of flood protection."
Mr Pickles who has taken the lead while Environment Secretary Owen Paterson recovers from eye surgery earlier said the agency needed to revisit its priorities.
"We will keep providing whatever immediate practical support and assistance is needed, whether that is extra pumps and sandbags; military support on the ground; emergency funds from the Nike Purple Windrunner
"In a lifetime in public life, I've never seen the same sort of storm of background briefing, personal sniping and media frenzy getting in the way of decent people doing a valiant job trying to cope with unprecedented natural forces.
"I am really sorry that we took the advice . we thought we were dealing with experts."
sure that these rivers and ditches can carry more water."
"We made a mistake, there's no doubt about that and we perhaps relied too much on the Environment Agency's advice," Mr Pickles told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.
Lord Smith who faced the ire of locals when he did not apologise for the EA's performance when he was besieged during his own visit to the Levels said his "heart goes out" to all the victims.
Politicians including David Cameron have been visiting the worst affected areas in the south west as efforts are made to restore transport and power and get people back into their homes.
He said a Treasury imposed "benefit to cost" rule had limited the sum the EA had been able to devote to dredging the silted up rivers which failed to drain the Levels properly.
The Prime Minister, speaking after chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee this evening, said he had " made clear again that every resource is available to the local communities affected.
"Our staff have worked their hearts out in order to protect as many people as possible in the face of extreme weather.
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