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MP takes up the case for residents hit by floods

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

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Gary Streeter MP has expressed sympathy for the victims of last month’s floods and has said it is “not tolerable” that the South West continues to suffer.

The MP for Devon South West, pictured right, said: “It was distressing to visit many homes in Colebrook before Christmas to see the extent of the devastation.

“Similar dramas unfolded in Ivybridge, Modbury and Yealmpton on the same fateful weekend. The fire service did a magnificent job in helping out.”

He added: “A number of issues must now be pursued. It is simply not tolerable that our region should effectively be cut off from the rest of the country apart from the M5 - itself prone to flooding - twice in two months.

“I have already spoken to the Secretary of State for Transport and meetings are being arranged urgently to put in place the right level of protection.”

The Colebrook flood defence scheme, which was announced at a public meeting at the end of December, was due to commence in April 2014 - but Mr Streeter said it must be brought forward.

He said: “At the moment, residents of this long-established community must quake with trepidation every time heavy rainfall is forecast. I have already spoken to South West Water and Plymouth City Council to urge this to be brought forward as an absolute priority.

“Already insurance companies are beginning to indicate that they will not insure certain homes against flooding.

“It is vital that the discussions between Government and the insurance industry are now successfully concluded to ensure that every home can still get affordable flood insurance.”

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