Storm Dennis: Minister warns we cant protect everyone as towns hit by worst flooding in a generation

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VICTIMS of the worst flooding in a generation have been warned by the Environment Secretary “we can’t protect everyone”, sparking fury after the chaos of Storm Dennis.

George Eustice has been forced to admit there wasn’t much more the government could do for people hit by the weekend’s floods.

Flood water surrounds abandoned cars left in a flooded street in Tenbury Wells
George Eustice told Sky News they can’t save everyone

Mr Eustice, who has not even been in the post a week, told Sky News the government was investing billions in flood infrastructure, but that still wouldnt be able to save peoples homes.

He said: We cant do anything about these extreme weather events but the steps that weve taken have meant the impact of those weather events have affected fewer properties.

It is not the case that were not doing anything – weve done a huge amount.

Mr Eustices comments are sure to spark fury from flood victims who have blamed a lack of flood protection measures.

Three people were killed and a months worth of rain fell in 48 hours.

Across the country more than 1000 homes were left under water.

He denied the government had been taken by surprise by the horror of the flooding this weekend.

There is always more that can be done. Well never be able to protect every single household just because of the nature of climate change and the fact that these weather events are becoming more extreme.

Mr Eustice said the governments promise to spend 4 billion on flood defences, up from 2.5 billion would do a considerable amount to help the worst hit areas of extreme weather events.

He warned: were not out of the woods yet the biggest problems at the moment are in the West country.

Terrifying footage has shown cars almost entirely submerged by water and landslides hit areas of South Wales.

More than 250 flood warnings are in place but another fierce extreme weather event – Storm Ellen – is brewing and headed for the UK.

A boy wades down a flooded residential street in Nantgarw, south Wales, after the Met Office upgraded Storm Dennis rain warning for south Wales to ‘danger to life’ status
A driver of a converted Landrover Discovery makes his way through a flooded Peterbrook Road in Majors Green, Birmingham
Storm Dennis Arrives In The UK

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