Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge over unlimited funds to tackle the nation’s flooding crisis has been welcomed in Sutton Bridge following its great escape on December 5.
Coun Chris Brewis says money should be spent raising the east coast defences as the general consensus in the “flood world” is that December’s surge should now be considered as a one in 20 year or one in 25 year event rather than a one in 200 year event.
He said: “Money should be no object. Even if we, as citizens of the Fens, are low down on the Government’s agenda, we produce a large proportion of the food which is going to keep the rest of the country going in a crisis, and from day to day.”
Coun Brewis says there’s a need to address the shortcomings of flood defences from Hunstanton Cliff to Donna Nook, including the area around The Wash and the tidal Nene.
He paid tribute to the drainage boards of South Holland, North Level, and Welland and Deepings for keeping the people of South Holland safer from fluvial flooding than almost any other area of the United Kingdom.