Flood victims urged to pass on concerns to minister
COMMUNITIES worst affected by this year's flooding have been urged to make use of "a direct hotline to Government" to help prevent future disasters.
Homes were evacuated and entire villages cut off in parts of the South West of England during the last six weeks, when days of heavy rainfall culminated in devastation to rural and coastal communities.
Floodplains were saturated and roads became impassable, while sections of Britain's public transport network ground to a halt.
Tory MP Sheryll Murray, whose South East Cornwall constituency was badly affected by the flooding, has been in contact with Environment Minister Richard Benyon and is determined to pass on residents' concerns and suggestions in an effort to avoid future devastation.
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Speaking from Looe, where businesses on the west side were particularly badly hit during the wet weather before Christmas, Mrs Murray said: "The first priority is to make sure that those constituents who have this dreadful thing happen to them get as much help as they can. The second is to stop the problem happening in the future.
"I really don't know how we are going to do this, but I will be speaking to the minister (Mr Benyon) about it."
Mrs Murray said she had been in contact with Mr Benyon in the wake of the floods.
"He knows south-east Cornwall and I know he has been monitoring the situation," she said. "He has asked me to let him know of anything he can do to help.
"I've lost count of the number of places that have been flooded, right through from the Luxulyan Valley in the west of my constituency, to Millbrook in the east. And one of the biggest concerns that I have got now is that people are being flooded for the second and third time.
"If anybody has any ideas of how we can alleviate this problem then please send them in to me because I will ensure they get to the minister."
Mrs Murray said many had praised the work of the Environment Agency in installing defence schemes and sending text alerts of possible flooding, as well as local authorities, councillors and members of the emergency services who have helped in the aftermath.