Flood restoration company Munters has warned that the foot-and-mouth epidemic is hampering its work in flood damaged areas.

Munters said police had denied its staff access to six properties in flood damaged areas, including Sussex, mid-Wales and Shropshire.

Director Tim Hawkin said: “At the moment it involves a handful of jobs, but as the restrictions become more widespread it may involve many more.”

Movement was being restricted by police road blocks and in other areas farmers were reluctant to allow people on to their land, however bad the flooding.

Hawkin said Munters had to take a responsible approach because of the risks of foot-and-mouth spreading.

But he added that the longer a property remained flooded, the greater its cost of repair.