· As the people of Sunthorpe pointed out on Question Time, how come nobody noticed the floods until they affected the Home Counties?
· Why is it only now that £5,000 repair grants have been made available? What’s so special about the Home Counties? Why not offer grants to everyone who has been flooded in the past 100 years?
· Why are sandbags considered a solution? They are more or less useless under all circumstances.
· Why are there more cuts on the way for the Environment Agency and why is Chris Smith still in charge of it?
· And when things dry out a bit will all these promises about spending “whatever it takes” be forgotten – just as they were when we were flooded in 2007?
This is Dave’s missive, for what it’s worth:
This has been a tough week for Britain.
The wettest winter in two and a half centuries, some of the worst flooding in decades, and more severe weather on the way this weekend.
We're doing everything we can to help:
- Delivering extra pumps and sandbags
- Deploying the military wherever needed
- Providing additional support for local emergency services
We will do what is necessary to help families and communities get through this very difficult time - more information is available on the Environment Agency website if you are affected.
We will also help people rebuild their lives and get back on their feet after the flooding, with repair grants of up to £5,000 for homeowners and businesses affected by the floods, and further support for businesses and farms that have suffered.
Amidst all of this, as is so often the case, in the toughest of times we are seeing the best of Britain.
Visiting the affected areas this week, I saw the incredible hard work and dedication of our emergency services, the Environment Agency, local authority workers, councils and armed forces.
I also saw the most inspiring community spirit amongst the many volunteers who are rolling up their sleeves and helping out those in need.
Everyone involved in the relief effort deserves our heartfelt thanks. Please join me by leaving a message of support on Facebook.
It will take time, but together we will deal with these floods, get our country back on its feet and build a more resilient country for the future.