Following the wettest December on record , Southport MP John Pugh is calling for all parties and residents to get behind the national campaign for flood free homes.
The Liberal Democrat MP Pugh said: “This is a matter for long term consensus not party politics.
“It has big implications for any house building we may be planning in this area where the drainage infrastructure cannot cope. We can’t say we haven’t been warned.”
The campaign has been launched by the Association of British Insurers, and its aim is to raise the issue of long term flood defence investment and land and water management.
Flood Free Homes wants to see £1bn per year to spent managing flood risk by 2025, in order to keep up with climate change; as well as a zero tolerance attitude towards inappropriate new developments in areas at risk of flooding.
Flooding has long been recognised as the greatest natural threat the UK faces.
Environment Agency data shows around 2 million homes in England and Wales are now at flood risk from the rivers and sea, with over 500,000 of these at ‘moderate’ risk or greater, and around 2.4 million additional homes at risk of surface water flooding.
MP Pugh added: “Without action to reduce this risk, the effect on our homes, businesses, communities, infrastructure and way of life is potentially devastating.”
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