News article from BBC 24th June..
The Environment Agency has defended its flood response over the past two days, saying "it's difficult to stop flooding completely" when rainfall is high.
Up to 500 properties flooded in Lancashire and West Yorkshire after a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours.
Agency spokesman Alex Ross said it had spent millions on defences that probably protected 11,000 properties....
...The Environment Agency said it had worked alongside emergency services through Friday night to clear debris, monitor river levels and operate flood defences.
Asked on the BBC News Channel about complaints the agency had been slow to respond to the crisis, Mr Ross denied that was the case.
"There were lots of flood warnings put out on Thursday and Friday through the evening across media and social media, and of course we had people out on the ground," he said.
Mr Ross said there had been "very, very high levels of rainfall falling in a very short period of time" in Lancashire and Yorkshire and that some rivers had reached their highest levels on record
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