"Over 1.3 million properties have been protected since the start of December thanks to Environment Agency defences and the Thames Barrier will close for a record 16th consecutive time today."
The EA said it had closed the Thames Barrier for a record 16th consecutive time to help lower river levels.
"Despite an improving forecast the risk of flooding will continue for many communities in southern parts of England over the next few days. We ask people to remain vigilant and take action where necessary. We have also teams out working to reduce the risk of flooding to communities and have deployed over 50 temporary defences.
He told LBC Radio: "I think there are certainly some things that I could have done better.
Mother of three Julie Sillitoe, 49, was killed close to Holborn Underground station after large chunks of masonry fell on to her silver Skoda Octavia last night.
Emergency services and the Army rescued 32 people from the Marine Restaurant in Milford on Sea, Hampshire, at 10pm yesterday, evacuating them in an Army vehicle. Hampshire Police said there were no serious injuries.
after so much rain over recent weeks, groundwater levels remain very high and in many places will continue to rise."
A 20ft deep sink hole appeared this morning under a quiet cul de sac in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
Floods may get worse
"But on the whole I been actually very proud of the way that the Environment Agency staff have responded and in the process have managed to protect 1.3 million homes around the country that Nike Lebron 13 Usa would otherwise have flooded if our defences and our work hadn been in place."
Despite weather forecasters predicting an "improving picture" with lighter winds and less rain, the Environment Agency (EA) said parts of southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding due to high river levels following the recent heavy rainfall.
The man was airlifted off the vessel with a woman in her 70s, but later died. About 10 other people suffered minor injuries and were treated on board.
Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said temperatures could drop to minus three Celsius overnight before Sunday is expected to be a dry day for most areas.
The Prime Minister said while the weather was due to improve, the sheer volume of rain over recent weeks meant groundwater levels would keep rising in may places.
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The comments came as power firms struggled to reconnect tens of thousands of homes after the latest downpours and high winds. Two people were killed yesterday including a female minicab driver whose car was hit by falling masonry.
Paul Leinster, chief executive of the EA, said; "We continue to see the very real and devastating impacts that flooding can have on communities and business. We know the distress that flooding can cause and are doing everything we can to reduce the impacts.
The vessel, which has been to the Amazon in South America and to the West Indies, is due to dock at Tilbury, Essex, in the early hours tomorrow.
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The minicab driver passengers, a 25 year old man and a 24 year old woman, are being treated in hospital.
Meanwhile, EA chairman Lord Smith admitted he "could have done better" during the flooding crisis and said the country needs to take a "serious look" at how it prepares for more extreme weather.
is likely to get worse even though Britain is set for a respite from the devastating winter storms.
"It will be markedly different than it has been in the last few weeks," he said.
Yellow "be aware" weather warnings of icy driving conditions are now in place for most of the UK. Across the south of England, Wales and the Midlands there are also warnings of heavy rain.
Mr Cameron, who visited flood hit Chertsey in Surrey before chairing the Government Cobra emergency committee this evening, said the next 24 hours would be "vital" as river levels were set to rise again.
An 85 year old man died yesterday after the 22,000 tonne Marco Polo cruise ship was hit by a freak wave in the English Channel.
"Thankfully, it does appear that we will see less rain and wind over the next few days," he said.
The people living in 17 homes close to the site in Oatridge Gardens were evacuated, as the hole, measuring approximately 35ft wide and 20ft deep, was investigated.
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