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Liberal Democrats call on Norfolk County Council to keep people safe from flooding

February 26, 2020 12:03 PM

Flooding river (AFP via GettyImages)

Ed Maxfield, Liberal Democrat leader at County Hall has called for an urgent review of Norfolk County Council's flood protection plans in Norfolk

Following Ed Maxfield's letter to the Leader of the Council in 30 July 2019, the Leader said a review of policies within the Council's 2015 Local Flood Risk Management Strategy would be undertaken this financial year yet seven months on there seems to be no progress.

"Storms Clara and Dennis have shown how vulnerable the UK is to flooding and it is becoming a more regular occurrence as the world's climate changes. Extreme weather is sure to happen more often. The Council should be regularly reviewing and updating its policies to ensure that they are fit for purpose."

"Floods damage small businesses and force hundreds of people to leave their homes. We have to know that councils and the government are doing all they can to keep us safe from flooding in Norfolk. 17,000 acres of farmland was left under water by the Somerset floods five years ago. Severe flooding back in 2007 in the west of England cost almost £4 billion."

"We rely on the council getting it right to protect us all."