Government response: Eric Pickles’ update following 27 February COBR meeting

I chaired this evening’s meeting of the government emergency committee (COBR) and received an update on the latest situation regarding the floods.

Further groundwater flooding is unfortunately expected over the coming days in the south and southeast, and may be an issue for some months to come. Local resilience forums continue to assess the risk to property.

In Somerset work continues round the clock to pump away water and support people to get back into their homes and businesses as soon as possible.

Across affected areas all agencies are working well together and extensive efforts are being made to repair and protect damaged properties and infrastructure.

I want to thank everyone involved for their continued work and would like to reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to support the recovery process.

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