Flooding Update: Julian visits command centre
December 28, 2015
Julian attended the flood command centre today to discuss the latest flooding developments in the centre of York.
The local MP met with officials from the Environment Agency, emergency services and local council to discuss the plans in place to help those most in need. As wet weather is set to return on Wednesday, Mr Sturdy was also briefed on upcoming contingency measures in place.
Julian also welcomed the Prime Minister’s visit to York this morning, as well as the announcement that the city would receive additional funding to help communities who have been flooded. Homeowners and businesses who have been affected across York will now receive grants of up to £5,000 so they can install new flood prevention and resilience measures.
Following his visit to the command centre, Julian said “Having seen for myself the terrible impact the flooding has had on families and businesses in the centre of York, particularly at Christmas time, it was reassuring that we have such a professional and hardworking team helping everyone who has been affected”.
“However, I remain deeply concerned about the areas of York that are still without telephone and mobile phone services. This has meant that many families are unable to contact one another and we must be particularly mindful of the impact that our most vulnerable residents will be experiencing, for example those in care. It is absolutely essential that every effort is made to restore the city’s telecommunications as quickly as possible.”
With the wet weather set to return on Wednesday, Julian has also urged local residents to remain vigilant and to continue to monitor developments on BBC Radio York and the Environment Agency website. If Julian can be of assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact him on Julian.Sturdy.MP@Parliament.uk Julian will also be having further meetings with the City of York Council and the Environment Agency to discuss the plans in place so would welcome any comments you may have.
To check the flood risk in your area please call the 24-hour flood line on 0345 988 1188. Alternatively, to check the latest updates from the Environment Agency please click the following link: https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding
Pictured: Julian Sturdy MP with Councillor Chris Steward, Leader of the City of York Council.