Lord Smith’s leadership of the Environment Agency is in crisis following the flooding gripping parts of Britain. Sources have accused Lord Smith, of “keeping his head down” despite parts of the country being submerged for weeks. Lord Smith has insisted the agency is doing all it can in the face of the wettest January in history and has pointed out that — unlike the North Sea floods of 1953 when more than 300 people died — lives have been protected through the hard work of his staff. However, the agency has faced severe criticism, particularly over its alleged failure to dredge rivers on the Somerset Levels. One local MP accused the body of failing to spend its resources on flood defences and instead diverting millions of pounds to bird sanctuaries. Read more >>
A man from the Environment Agency dressed in waterproof clothing and carrying a hammer and nails is standing in front of the ark in the pouring rain. He tells the giraffes and elephants waiting to go on board, "OK ... we're ready to launch!", despite the fact that the ark is just a wooden frame with no hull or deck.