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Demand for better flood protection in Lower Wharfedale

Demand for better flood protection in Lower Wharfedale

Published at 11:51am 7th January 2016. (Updated at 12:05pm 7th January 2016)

Otley's MP is asking for a meeting with Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss to discuss how flood defences can be improved.

Greg Mulholland made the call during a House of Commons debate following the devastating Boxing Day floods.

The River Wharfe burst its banks and flooded houses in Otley for the first time in years.

Many local businesses and farms also suffered a huge amount of damage.

Mr Mulholland said: "Seeing the damage done to people's homes, farms and businesses along the Wharfe Valley has been heartbreaking and it is essential everything possible is done to support people affected by the floods.

"I have called on the Government to match-fund local fundraising efforts, including the Wharfe Valley Flood Appeal, to add to the money available from Leeds City Council for those affected.

"We also now need serious discussions about how towns and villages in Lower Wharfedale, including Otley, can be better prepared for floods in the future and DEFRA, the Environment Agency and Leeds City Council must consider flood defences and flood alleviation measures.

"I have asked for a DEFRA Minister to meet with me and other MPs and councils in Lower Wharfedale to discuss this. Residents and businesses need to know that the response to the recent flooding must be swift and decisive and look at all ways to reduce the possibility of flooding and better protect and prepare our communities in the future."