Friday, 7 February 2014

Liberal Democrats Respond To UK Flooding

Over recent weeks flooding has had a devastating effect in parts of the country. The Somerset Levels are among the most seriously affected and people have had to endure flood water and disruption for several weeks.  This is incredibly hard for those affected. That is why local agencies are doing everything they can to help.

The EA teams remain out on the ground operating flood defences, clearing watercourses and deploying pumps. This is one of the biggest pumping operations the country has ever seen – up to 62 pumps are in operation.

Local authorities, residents and the emergency services have been working around the clock to make sure people are safe, and to help with the clean-up. The Government has been talking with local agencies about what more can be done and have asked the EA for a detailed analysis on the proposed “major dredging” and on any other action which could be taken to manage flood risk on the Levels. A local Task Force has been set up, comprising of locals partners and communities, to develop a clear, long-term vision for the future of the Somerset levels and moors.