Isle MP asks for no delay on flood defence funds release

Isle MP Andrew Percy, speaking in the House of Commons.

Isle MP Andrew Percy, speaking in the House of Commons.

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Isle MP Andrew Percy has stepped up the fight to secure flood defence money for the area with an impassioned plea in the Commons.

During a Commons’ debate last week he asked for investment to be brought forward. He raised issues of overtopping of the River Trent, causing flooding in Keadby, Burringham, Gunness and Amcotts and of the tidal Humber estuary, which caused devastation to about a third of South Ferriby.

The campaigning MP praised the response of parish councils and Coun Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, which quickly distributed a £300 grant to flooded properties, following requests from himself and ward members. He said he had asked the Environment Agency (EA) to look at flood sirens and added that EA were already investigating the adequacy of the warnings given. He said he was also seeking clarity on how internal drainage boards would be compensated for damage to assets.

See February 6 edition of Epworth Bells for more reaction.