Council leader demands government flood help

The leader of Bradford Council is calling on the government to provide support immediately for people affected by this weekend’s flooding across the district.

Many homes and businesses were flooded or damaged by Storm Ciara and in some cases is wasn’t the first time that properties had been flooded in recent years.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said: “Once again communities in the Bradford District have suffered the devastating effects of extreme weather, the worst locally since the Boxing Day floods of 2015. We are in the grip of a global climate emergency and, as a nation, it is time we stopped treating weather events like this as exceptional. They are no longer once in a 100 years events. Sadly, as many people in Bradford District can testify, they are becoming a frequent occurrence.”

As well as investing in flood defences, Councillor Hinchcliffe said that government money needed to be made available ‘instantly’ to help people recover from the damage caused by flooding. “I’m aware that there have been some improvements to the insurance system in areas that have been hit by flooding before, such as parts of West Yorkshire, through the Flood Re scheme” she said. “But there are still too many people who cannot get insurance against flooding, are not eligible for Flood Re or who live in areas that have never flooded before. They desperately need a show of support from government to ease their predicament – in addition to the fantastic support they are getting from their neighbours, communities, Council officers and voluntary and public sector organisations.

“I’m calling on Government to support us in setting up a Flood Resilience Grant scheme. This needs to be set up at pace. Home owners and businesses are having to deal with costs now and need help. The sooner Government can give local residents and businesses this firm assurance the better.”

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