East Riding councillor calls for prompt flood defence work

Published: Monday 14th March 2016 by KCFM

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An East Riding of Yorkshire Council councillor wants flood defence work to be implemented more quickly.

David Elvidge is concerned flooding is a strong possibility after high water levels threatened properties in Hull last week.

There have been delays in work to carry out flood prevention along the River Hull, which has prompted fresh calls for action.

Mr Elvidge said: “It was a high tide that impacted quite heavily on residents along the river. My attention was taken to Hull Bridge near the Crown and Anchor pub where some people living on boats were unable to access the pathway to access dry land. They had to actually get boats to take them from their boat to the dry land.”

Flood defence proposals, including dredging the river, are meant to be preventing the risk, but Mr Elvidge says one of the reasons work has been delayed is because of a rare species of fish.

He said: “We need to do all we can to protect wildlife but at the same time that must be balanced against the phenomenal costs and risks to peoples lives. I’m not saying there’s an immediate risk to life but if we don’t do something, it could lead to that.

“The primary concern is residents and their welfare but the long-term impact on businesses can be devastating to people and it can be really life altering.”

He added: “I will always think of 2007 when the waters came down so quickly and the whole area was awash. People took years to recover from that to get their homes back to where they should be.

“East Riding Council has been well supported by central government funding, to do some flooding schemes, but sadly we need more help and more money.”

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Published: Monday 14th March 2016 by KCFM

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