The Government agency chose not to spend £1.7million on dredging parts of the River Tone and the River Parrett before the recent flooding.
UK flooding: homeowners knew the risk, says Environment Agency chairman http://t.co/aed8hDtT2w
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“There was perhaps an echo of this last month when Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, incautiously blamed recent flooding on “increasing instances” of “convective rain, which sits in one place and just dumps itself in a deluge over a long period of time.” Not only did this sound to annoyed flood victims and their MPs as an excuse; it drew a sharp rebuke from the veteran weather forecaster Bill Giles, who said “There is nothing new about convective rain. Perhaps next time he should get a meteorologist to check his answers.”