Prime Minister meets with Council Leader John Osman on visit to flood-hit Somerset

David Cameron met with Somerset County Council Leader John Osman today and gave thanks for the work in response to the devastating flooding.

The Prime Minister met Cllr Osman during his visit to the flood hit county, and thanked all agency staff and the many volunteers for their efforts.

Cllr Osman said: “I’m delighted that the Prime Minister recognised all the hard work and many hours that so many people have put in over the last few weeks.

“This includes everyone from our social workers in rest centres to our highways teams busy working through the night to keep roads clears. They’ve all had a pat on the back.

“He visited our county, saw for himself the devastation and expressed his sympathy and support for all those affected.

“Mr Cameron reiterated his commitment to investing in Somerset and pledged to provide as much help as needed.

“It was a really positive meeting and I’m thankful for him coming down.”Over the past seven weeks Somerset County Council has funded a relief boat to serve stranded villagers in Muchelney, sent social workers to check on vulnerable adults and children, helped keep roads clear as much as possible, and worked alongside the emergency services and other agencies to keep people safe.

Lord Smith, the chairman of the Environment Agency, was also in Somerset today and during his visit met with the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive Pat Flaherty to discuss the floods situation.

Mr Flaherty said: “It was a positive meeting and we agreed to help each other as much as we can, particularly focusing on beginning to dredge the rivers as soon as possible and long term solutions to make sure that we don’t endure these floods again.”