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UK floods: statement from COBR meeting on Monday 17 February 2014

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Statement following the COBR meeting (Monday 17 February) on the floods and severe weather affecting parts of the UK.

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A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of COBR earlier this evening.

He was updated on the weather outlook and told that although further rain is expected later in the week, it is likely to be at a level more typical with this time of year.

He was told that all 14 severe flood warnings on the Thames have been removed as levels there are now stable or dropping, although there would be a continuing risk from groundwater flooding. There is also an improved picture on roads and rail with the Strategic Road Network operating as normal.

The Prime Minister was updated on what is being done to help people with flooded properties and was briefed on progress to increase pumping activity on the Somerset Levels, working with Gold Commanders to discuss and address new and ongoing issues with local floods response and recovery work.

Published 17 February 2014