Britain's biggest insurer, the Norwich Union, is also campaigning for better flood defences
If it is not forthcoming it will mean unwelcome delays in flood defence
improvements and a reduced standard of maintenance.
Miss McIntosh told Mr Paterson: "I think it is remarkable that the flood defences
held to the extent that they did [with] the battering the country has seen.
Our flood defences
need to be strengthened to prevent such disasters in the future.
Of the flood defences
, he added: "The flood defences
have been upgraded recently but because of the severe and unusual nature of the rainfall, even though they have been improved, unfortunately the level of the water in the river means that they have been overtopped.
Guy Shrubsole, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner, said: "With climate change pushing up flood risk, it's vital that the Government ramps up its investment in flood defences
and stops building homes on floodplains.
Despite the flood defences
, the storm surges saw 300 homes flooded with Aberystwyth and Borth in Ceredigion among the places worst affected.
She said that when the flood defences
, which are being installed in front of her home are closed, they will block access to her front door.
But in Bewdley flood defences
protected homes, although rising water forced the closure of the town's bridge.
But spending on flood defences
fell in the last financial year, the first full year since the spending review, from PS354 million on new projects in 2010/2011 to PS259 million in 2011/2012.
Summary: Hundreds of people are being evacuating from their homes in North Wales after a river burst past flood defences
LONDON, July 11 (KUNA) -- More than half a million homes and businesses will be at "significant" risk of flooding in the future without more investment in flood defences
, the UK Government's advisers on climate change have warned.
UNWANTED Christmas trees are being used to provide flood defences
and protect river banks from erosion.
Nearly 500,000 people face a significant flood risk, and the ABI warned this figure could rise to 840,000 by 2035 without adequate investment in flood defences
George Osborne said money for flood defences
was being made a priority but it was not enough to spare it from budget cuts at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, which saw an overall slash in funding of 29 per cent.