Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responding to the flooding and heavy rains brought on by storm Ciara, said “I want to thank emergency services, the Environment Agency and communities who have worked tirelessly to protect homes and businesses, rescue people and animals from rising waters and reinforce flood defences.
“The reality of the climate crisis is that more extreme weather will happen more often and with devastating consequences. Insufficient funds are being spent on protecting the most vulnerable communities from flooding and the consequences of extreme weather.
“Ministers must urgently fund the schemes that these communities say they need as well as put in place longer-term flood prevention strategies with appropriate bodies to prevent flooding and protect homes.
“The Government must act now to protect those communities who are currently underwater, unlike its previous woefully slow response we saw last year.”