Once again this week I’ve spent time with residents in the Burrow Beck area of Lancaster who have suffered the distress of being flooded for the second time in six days.
On both occasions residents had to be evacuated and a number have now had to be rehoused due to the damage caused.
Along with the leader of Lancaster City Council I’ve written to the Prime Minister to urgently request £5million for flood defence and resilience measures.
Following a similar flood event in 2017, the Environment Agency developed a proposal to reduce flood risk from Burrow Beck.
However, the Environment Agency’s funding calculator suggested that the government would fund only £776,000 of the estimated £3.3 million needed, and so the scheme has not progressed. Residents have also not been offered the funding that the Government often provides to put property level defences in place.
It is critical the government agrees to fully fund the scheme the Environment Agency has identified, support property level measures for residents and small businesses and fund urgent temporary measures while more significant works are built.