Cameron set to visit flood-hit areas amid criticism

2015-12-07 18:27
Fire and rescue teams continue to bring people out of flooded homes in Carlisle, north west England. (John Giles, AP)

Fire and rescue teams continue to bring people out of flooded homes in Carlisle, north west England. (John Giles, AP)

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WATCH: Aerial footage shows extensive UK flooding

2015-12-07 09:06

Britain's army was called in to help people evacuate from their homes over the weekend, as stormy weather left parts of the country severely flooded. WATCH

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron was set to visit areas hard-hit by flooding on Monday after record rainfall in northern England and Scotland led to the death of one person and swamped about 2 000 homes.

The visit comes amid criticism that £45m spent on flood defences after major floods in 2005 failed to hold back the deluge in Cumbria, the hardest-hit county. The area got a month's worth of rainfall in a day - about 34cm. 

While local leaders demanded an investigation, Floods Minister Rory Stewart defended the government, arguing that defences had slowed down the water to allow more time for evacuations.

"When you face, as we have now, probably the highest rainfall we have ever had in the United Kingdom, it is going to come over the top of defences," he said. "But what the defences do, is they slow it down. It gives us more time, it's given people here more time to evacuate safely and it's meant that there's less water on the streets than there would have been if we hadn't had that defence in place."

The military has been called in, and has been helping evacuate people from their homes. Hundreds of properties are without power and 40 schools are closed.

More rain is forecast for the week. About 45 severe flood warnings are in place.

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