Statement from the Prime Minister following Sunday's COBR meeting
- Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Department for Transport, Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Environment Agency, and The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
- Part of:
- Emergency planning and Flooding and coastal change
- First published:
- 9 February 2014
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting of the government emergency committee meeting on Sunday 9 February.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
As we continue to face these extraordinary weather events, I have made clear again in COBR this afternoon that every resource is available to the local communities affected.
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 new £7 million severe weather assistance fund for local councils.
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 sure that these rivers and ditches can carry more water. With significant disruption to rail lines across the South, but particularly in the South West, I have asked Network Rail to closely monitor the situation and do whatever it takes to restore the lines.
And as we continue to work on a long-term solution to alleviate the risk of flooding, leading scientific and hydrological experts from the UK and abroad met at Downing Street this afternoon, ensuring that we are drawing on the widest possible pool of scientific expertise.
I want to assure the public and communities affected that we are doing all we can to get them back on their feet.
Published: 9 February 2014