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During his visit to Chesil Beach, which connects Portland with the Dorset mainland, PM David Cameron was shown how the 39 Engineer Regiment from Kinloss in Scotland was working with EA staff to build up the sea defences.
Up to a third of the shingle which makes up the sea wall at Chesil Beach has been washed away in recent heavy storms. Eleven diggers were piling shingle from the water’s edge up on to the top of the 30ft high flood defence.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said it’s “a disgrace” that Government ministers are “pointing the finger at each other when they should be rolling their sleeves up and helping those who are affected”.
He went on: “The Government needs to explain why their response to the flooding has been so slow to help the victims and why their planning has been so inadequate. The Department of the Environment actually downgraded flooding as a key objective when the Conservatives came to power.
“But really what the public wants is a Prime Minister and a government focused on them, getting on with the job, not pointing fingers at each other or other people and trying to shut off blame.”
by Helen Smyth, Press Association via The Press Association 2/10/2014 2:20:58 PM
In flood hit Surrey, horse enthusiast Jenny Andersson has had to put down her animals after successive floods left her with spiralling costs and nowhere to keep them sheltered.
Ms Andersson, 53, made the “hard decision” to have the four horses put down last week after floods swept through the stables she leased, yet again.
The stables in Esher, which she had used for the past 13 years, had flooded several times most recently in mid January.
by Helen Smyth, Press Association via The Press Association 2/10/2014 2:37:09 PM
She said: “There wasn’t any ideal solution. It was a very, very hard decision to make. My lease was due for renewal at the end of February, and it wasn’t safe for the horses.
“The stables were under water. There was nowhere safe on the farm for them to go. I could have put them in livery but that would have been very very expensive and a compromise.”
She praised the efforts of the Environment Agency who she said had been “brilliant” in turning out over Christmas to help with the floods.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: “We are continuing to work with local communities and partner agencies to minimise the impact of flooding and protect as many homes and buildings as we can.
“The flooding in the whole of Thames Valley has been declared a major incident, which is declared when an incident requires a significant multi agency response.
“We are once again appealing for motorists and residents to take a common sense approach and not to ignore road closures already in place. The water is often deeper than it looks and can be fast moving, so please do not take these unnecessary risks.
“I want to thank all the people continuing to work hard in these challenging conditions and assure communities we will continue to work around the clock to help protect homes and businesses.”
by Helen Smyth, Press Association via The Press Association 2/10/2014 3:19:55 PM
We saw the PM in Weymouth earlier, after leaving there he went to Plymouth to visit First Great Western’s Laira rail depot, which is used to service the operator’s high speed trains.
Mr Cameron was also taken on a tour of the maintenance depot where he met engineers and saw a high speed engine being winched on to a low loader lorry.
by Helen Smyth, Press Association 2/10/2014 3:30:03 PM
Maria Eagle is on her feet again. she says it’s “a relief” for people in Somerset that the Army is now helping but wants to know if Mr Pickles understands why people are angry that level of response took “so long” to arrive. She also wants to know how the Government will help people in the Thames Valley.
She’s also raised his negative comments on the Environment Agency and asked if he agrees with what the PM has said about this not being the time to change personel. She wants to know if there’s a row between Mr Pickles and the Environment Secretary over it.