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Olympic speed skier calls for better flood protection to prevent South Holland being inundated by storm surge from the North Sea

A former Olympic skier has challenged a belief that South Holland is adequately protected against future floods and storm surges.

Inventor and designer Stuart Wilkie (57), of Clenchwarton, near King's Lynn, has responded to comments by Sir John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, that warnings about the area being at medium to high risk of flooding was "unnecessary scaremongering".

A report by our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, last month saw Sir John take issue with the chairman of the Environment Agency (EA), Emma Howard Boyd, who advised that "we cannot win a war against water".

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