UK must adapt, Flooding Minister warns
The UK has to adapt to a "changing weather pattern", the Flooding Minister has said.
As fears grow of more flooding around the country, Richard Benyon said this afternoon that agencies employed to deal with flooding had to respond to the UK's changing climate.
"This is about adapting to a changing weather pattern," he told BBC News. "This time last year we were talking about the worst drought for decades, wondering how we would have enough water to - you know - run the Olympics and all the things that were happening over last summer.
"And the rest is history. We now have a very different situation, where we have to plan for and what we are planning [for] are changing weather patterns."
The Environment Agency has already issued almost 150 flood warnings for England and Wales, wtih 23 warnings also in place in Scotland.