I met with the Environment Agency to discuss the recent flooding and the situation facing South Yorkshire.
I highlighted with them local concerns, particularly those raised by residents of Low Valley, and I’m pleased that they will be looking into the issues that local residents have raised with me.
If you have not already you can follow the flood updates and sign up for flood warnings from the Environment Agency at: https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings.
We also discussed the regional and national challenges of flooding facing many parts of the country.
I believe it is essential that we have a joined-up approach between government, agencies, emergency services and local authorities for a coordinated response to flooding.
We also need to ensure proactive steps are taken to mitigate flooding and protect communities as best we can. Nature based solutions with a catchment-wide approach are essential to this.
On this note, I also want to welcome the successful bid for £80m that has been announced by the Sheffield City Region.
There is still a funding gap for our flood defences, but there are important steps that we can take with this by investing in the right schemes in the right areas and I will work closely with authorities to ensure we make the most of the funding we have secured.
I also attended a briefing with the Flooding Minister to discuss the situation across the country. I will continue to monitor the situation closely and want to thank all of the frontline workers who are doing so much to protect local communities.