Saturday, 28 March, 2020


Corbyn: PM doesn't care about flood-hit communities now election is over

Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick
Bennie Garza | 20 February, 2020, 14:08

With six severe flood warnings, 148 flood warnings and 188 flood alerts in place as on Tuesday, the Environment Agency is urging people to check the latest safety advice, with further heavy rain expected to fall on areas already affected by the wet weather later this week.

Thousands of properties have been evacuated across England and Wales after the weekend weather chaos led to "unprecedented" flooding.

Water levels in Monmouth remain high with more bad weather forecast.

He said as the ground was saturated due to persistent, heavy rainfall, the rivers were less likely to be able to cope with further rain.

Last night, rescuers were searching for a missing 87-year-old woman who is feared to have fallen into the River Exe near her home town of Tiverton, Devon.

There are fears the Severn could break through flood barriers, threatening homes and properties in the Midlands.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said Tuesday will bring a brief respite from the worst of the weather for most of the United Kingdom, with sunny spells and showers, but warned areas of Wales could see downpours.

"We know there is more to do - which is why our manifesto committed us to an additional £4 billion for flood defences and today we've set out new measures to help the communities directly affected".

Met Workplace meteorologist Mark Wilson says: "Regularly by way of at the moment the rain will clear its manner away from the United Kingdom, however earlier than that occurs we're speaking about fairly a bit extra rain in locations".

According to the Environment Agency, around 1,400 homes and businesses across the United Kingdom have been hit by flooding following Storm Dennis.

Kate Marks, of the agency, said that although Storm Dennis had long passed "we'll be feeling the impacts for a few more days".

It turned rivers including the Severn and the Wye, which normally meander through picturesque countryside, into raging torrents.

Meanwhile, Calder Valley's Tory MP Craig Whittaker said the Government's response to flooding had been inadequate. "The rain will clear through the west in the afternoon then through the south-east later", he said.

But some relief reprieve was on the way later in the day, Mr Wilson said.

Business in Coleham, Shrewsbury were flooded on Monday evening.

He said: 'If we can afford £106million for HS2, then I think we can afford funding from Defra [Department for Food and Rural Affairs] for more flood alleviation schemes'.

"Storms Dennis and Ciara have severely impacted a large number of households and businesses - and I recognise how destabilising this can be".

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