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About 16,000 houses in England were flooded during the wettest December in a century, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has told MPs.
Defending the government’s response to the crisis, she said flood defences had protected more than 20,000 homes.
Financial aid was provided in “record time”, and there are plans to further improve flood defences, Ms Truss added.
But Labour accused ministers of not spending enough on defences, calling measures a “sticking plaster response”.
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Making a statement in the Commons, Ms Truss said record rainfall meant meant rivers in Lancashire rose to some of the highest levels ever seen, while Yorkshire rivers like the Aire and the Wharfe were up to a metre higher than previous records.
“This resulted in the flooding of about 9,000 properties, which together with the earlier flooding in Cumbria brings the total to around 16,000 flooded properties in England,” she said.
“Whilst of little consolation to those who have been flooded, it’s important to note that flood defences have protected over 20,000 properties.”