Winter Floods

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 11:49 am on 6th February 2014.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) 11:49 am, 6th February 2014

On Christmas eve, 35 properties in my constituency were flooded, not because any flood defences were overwhelmed but because of the failure of the Environment Agency to keep a culvert clear. Its failure to accept responsibility for that has major implications for future insurance premiums for my constituents. In addition, it has altered the area of the floodplain. When my constituents renew their insurance, they are finding that it has gone up from an average of £500 a year to nearly £6,000 a year. Will the Secretary of State discuss those matters with the Environment Agency? Will he get it to accept responsibility for that event and discuss with it the implications of the floodplain for my constituents’ insurance policies?

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Spencer Drury
Posted on 7 Feb 2014 2:22 pm (Report this annotation)

Of course had the Labour Councillors for the local area agreed to a motion asking for an independent enquiry into the cause of the flood, this sort of question would not be necessary. But they voted against the enquiry and against the automatic Council Tax rebate for flood victims who had to leave their homes. Has Mr Efford written to the Council to deal with this problem I wonder?