The Secretary of State for Communities has said he will look into what can be done to prevent flooding in Watford after the River Colne burst its banks last week.

Eric Pickles’ comments come after he was questioned by Watford’s MP Richard Harrington in Parliament on Monday.

Mr Harrington asked the government minster: "What plans do the Government have to provide an assessment of local authorities’ plans for flood prevention in the years to come, particularly asking Hertfordshire what plans it has to stop the River Colne flooding and causing disruption to my constituents?"

Mr Pickles agreed to take a personal interest in the River Colne and what actions are taken in the town.

Following days of torrential rain across the county last week, roads were left flooded and residents raced to save their properties from the encroaching water.

Mr Harrington said he believes there are things which could be done to manage the situation better, such as dredging the River Colne more frequently, clearing away drains quickly when they become blocked and improving communication between residents and local authorities.