Sally Pawson, a nurse who lives alone, had enlisted the help of friends to rip out carpets, lift soaked chipboard floors and clean up her filthy possessions.
\”My frustration is that until Cameron came we had been left abandoned,\” she said. \”When we knew he was coming this morning the police showed up, the council turned up but until then the only people helping us were volunteers. It was just a publicity stunt.\”
Cameron pledged to make flood protection an increasing priority of the government and commiserated with villagers that the floods were \”completely awful\”.