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MPs to discuss flooding along the Wharfe

MPs to discuss flooding along the Wharfe

Published at 8:13am 11th April 2016. (Updated at 12:33pm 11th April 2016)

MPs representing constituencies along the River Wharfe are to meet with the floods minister Rory Stewart.

In Otley, Boxing Day saw the River Wharfe rise to over two metres- triple its usual height.

The result was significant damage to homes in the town, and farmland in lower Wharfedale was also underwater.

The Town’s MP Greg Mulholand has secured the meeting to discuss how to better prepare for future rainfall, to reduce the risk and impact of flooding, and to better protect homes and businesses at risk.

The meeting will be held at the offices of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Ahead of his meeting with the minister, Mr Mulholland said,“I look forward to meeting the floods minister Rory Stewart MP. The overflowing of the River Wharfe in December caused significant damage to our region.

“I will bemaking the case for the minister to look very carefully at how to better prepare for future rainfall and reduce the risk of flooding, as well as the damage done and I’m pleased other MPs from along the Wharfe will also be there to do the same so we look at the river and catchment as a whole.”

Pictured: Damage left behind by the floods in Otley on Boxing Day