Storm Ciara: Government Reiterate Commitment to Flood Defences

Following the impact of Storm Ciara, the Secretary of State for the Environment gave a statement to the House of Commons on flooding yesterday, reiterating the Government's commitment to  'major investments in our flood defences to better protect thousands of homes and businesses across the country' and to 'make sure that everything possible is being done to keep those flood defence projects on track for delivery.'

While the main flooding impact in the last few days has been to northern and coastal regions, the impact of flooding, wherever it may be, is devastating for communities. I welcome the Government's assurance that everything will be done to deliver flood relief schemes, and look forward to progress on the River Thames Flood Alleviation scheme, to protect residents in Runnymede and Weybridge who have been living with the reality of a risk of severe flooding since at least 2014.

Protecting homes and businesses from flooding must remain a top priority for the country and the constituency. I will continue to engage with Ministers, the Environment Agency, Flood Re and all other relevant bodies to ensure the benefits can be delivered for our communities.