Floods: Somerset

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he received from public authorities in the Somerset Levels for assistance following the flooding in late 2013.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 4 February 2014

DEFRA has not received any formal requests for assistance from public authorities in the Somerset Levels.

However, through the local Strategic Command Group, planners have engaged and continue to engage with council emergency managers.

Royal Marines are actively engaged in supporting Somerset county council in its response to the flooding. They and further military personnel and equipment are available to the front line responders as required.

Somerset Fire and Rescue service has been in receipt of high volume pumps from the national assets register and is able to call upon flood rescue assets from the same source.

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