Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Government promises funds for flood-stricken farmers

Government promises funds for flood-stricken farmers

The Prime Minister was accused of doing nothing to help those affected by the surging water when he arrived in Stainforth, near Doncaster.

The woman, clutching a wheelbarrow alongside the troops sent to the area to help, told him: "I'm not very happy about talking to you so, if you don't mind, I'll just mope on with what I'm doing". "I don't know what you're here today for".

"You can't trust Boris Johnson to look out for the North or the Midlands or protect our communities from flooding", he said.

She said: "We've had no authorities helping us".

It will take time for communities to get back on their feet, and hard-working people and businesses who have experienced intense flooding should not have to worry about paying council tax and business rates while they focus on their recovery.

Since the flooding began last Thursday, about 14,400 properties have been protected by flood defences, including almost 5,000 properties in South Yorkshire alone.

Personnel from the Light Dragoons were spotted laying down sandbags in Stainforth, Doncaster, on Wednesday morning and attempting to shore up the village's bridge.

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"It's really important that impacted communities remain vigilant and take steps to prepare for flooding by checking their flood risk regularly and making plans to stay safe."The EA said 300 staff were working around the clock in various parts of the country, deploying pumps to disperse water through five of the worst-hit locations".

The announcements came after both Labour and the Liberal Democrats criticised the Government's response to flooding, which is rapidly turning into an election issue.

The prime minister is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee later in response to floods in northern England.

The Environment Agency (EA) has posted 147 current flood warnings - in which immediate action is required - with 145 in England and two in Wales, plus a further 177 alerts for possible flooding.

Residents in flood-stricken areas across England are braced for more rain with some communities warned there could be a danger to life.

Although river levels have fallen over the past few days, prolonged rain on Thursday, Friday and over the weekend could bring further river and surface water flooding to areas of Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, and the Midlands where the ground is already saturated.

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