MPs call for strategic investment in flood protection around the Humber

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Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has joined MPs from around the Humber Region in a Parliamentary debate on the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy.

During the debate Mr Stuart pressed the Minister to ensure that the banks at Kilnsea and Welwick are reinstated and reinforced after they were damaged during the storm surge in December 2013.

Next week the cross-party group of MPs, including Mr Stuart, will be taking their campaign straight to the heart of Government when they meet the Prime Minister to highlight the strategic importance of the Humber Estuary and urge him for greater investment to protect homes and businesses from flooding.

Speaking during the debate Mr Stuart, who is also leading the River Hull Advisory Board, said: “Last Wednesday was the anniversary of the 2007 floods.

They devastated Hull and the East Riding, led to Hornsea in my constituency being cut off, and led to flooding in every area of my constituency and in Hull, with many people being driven out of their homes—not just for months, but in some cases for years. Flooding is personally devastating, and that will always be at the forefront of my mind when I consider this issue.

“With rising sea levels and the risks of climate change, we need a strategic overview by Government of the risks around flooding. Without that, we are putting our constituents at risk of devastating flooding of their homes, and we are also risking investment in and commercial success for this country.”

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