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UK News ‘Should Boris Johnson be here? I don’t know what difference it would make’: Ironbridge residents on Storm Dennis floods

00:30  19 february  2020
00:30  19 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Storm Dennis . Image copyright PA Media. Image caption Residents were told to leave their homes in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, on Monday night. The latest severe flood warning - for the River Severn in Telford, Shropshire - prompted the evacuation of homes in Ironbridge on Tuesday morning

Storm Dennis is believed to have caused the worst winter floods in recent times, in part Boris Johnson ’s government has committed to spending £4bn on the issue over the next five years The recent floods have been so widespread and damaging because the ground across Britain is saturated.

a small house surrounded by water © Provided by The i

One of the UK’s best-loved heritage sites was on a knife-edge as the floods caused by Storm Dennis continued to cause widespread damage across the Midlands.

Thirty houses and shops dating back to the 18th century were evacuated at Ironbridge in Shropshire as the river Severn rose to its highest level in 20 years and the Environment Agency issued a warning of danger to life.

a man posing in front of a building © Provided by The i

The agency said 470 tons of water were passing beneath the town’s 241-year-old bridge – which has recently undergone a £3.5m restoration – per second as the river rose to 21ft (6.5m).

Blue-coloured flood defences installed to protect evacuated properties in the town’s wharfage were successfully holding back the water on Tuesday afternoon, but the water level was expected to continue to rise by another 8in (20cm) before reached its peak at 9pm.

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  Storm Dennis: Empty promises from politicians are no replacement for dredged rivers, sandbags and flood barriers Residents and businesses have been left trying to fend for themselves — their best hope to receive disaster relief from the military after the event.Empty promises are no replacement for dredged rivers, sandbags and flood barriers.

Boris Johnson has been warned that he faces a backbench rebellion unless more urgent action is Boris Johnson in Matlock last November. He faces calls to increase spending on flood -prone David Cameron, after the 2015 floods — “Whenever these things happen, you should look at what you

Boris Johnson is facing a backlash from Conservative MPs over the state of the nation’s flood Eustice told Sky News: “ I don ’ t know who that individual is . I have seen the reports that someone is alleged Huw Merriman warned the corporation “ should not be a target” after reports suggested the

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On a knife-edge

'A cafe I own has been flooded twice in the last week and it’s been devastating. But Ironbridge is a great community and we’re all supporting each other', said Richard Eley (Photo: Dean Kirby)

A woman could be seen getting her hair done in a hairdressing salon as tourists watched trees floating by in the swirling river from the bridge.

A handful of houses on the far side of the river were under water by mid afternoon and a green canoe could be seen floating upside down in a flooded garden.

Richard Eley, who owns a local pasty shop and a number of other properties in the town, said: “It’s a real shame for the homes and businesses that have been affected.

“A cafe I own has been flooded twice in the last week and it’s been devastating. But Ironbridge is a great community and we’re all supporting each other.

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Boris Johnson has been accused of going “missing in action” after he chose to spend Monday at a government-owned Manor House in Kent rather than visiting flood -hit areas of A husky and its owner are rescued by emergency services after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales after Storm Dennis hit the UK.

Fury at Boris Johnson for 'staying away' from flooded towns - as woman becomes fifth victim of Flood -hit families said the government was not doing enough to help and demanded answers from the There are no politicians down here helping. Where are they? Shocking drone pictures show the

“Should Boris be here? I don’t know what difference it would make. He couldn’t have prevented this. We’re all looking after each other.”

'It's upsetting for everyone'

Margot Manuel, a grandmother, was having to walk along a former railway line to get to her house after the road along the riverbank was flooded (Photo: Dean Kirby)

Christopher Warren, 37, who lives behind the wharfage and runs the Copper Fox gift shop in the town, said: “It’s upsetting for everyone, but at least the flood barriers seem to be working.”

Margot Manuel, a grandmother, was having to walk along a former railway line to get to her house after the road along the riverbank was flooded.

“I’ve lived here for 20 years, but I’ve never known it to be as bad as this,” she said. “I think my house will be OK. We’re a little bit higher up. It’s over 100 years old and they knew what they were doing when they built houses in those days.”

Storm Dennis: Government offer of £500 payouts to flooding victims criticised as ‘too little, too late’

  Storm Dennis: Government offer of £500 payouts to flooding victims criticised as ‘too little, too late’ People whose homes or businesses were 'significantly affected' can apply to receive a quick cash payment of up to £500 and £2,500 respectively from their local councils, under the Flood Recovery Framework – although, as a devolved matter, the funding only applies to those affected in England. © Provided by The i The Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick added that homes and businesses will also be eligible for full council tax and business rates relief for three months.There will also be up to £5,000 available for people to use to make their homes and businesses more resilient to future flooding.

Storm Dennis is reported to have caused the banks of the River Neath to flood . This shocking video shows the devastation to a mother's house and car after Storm Dennis swept muddy flood This is all going to have to go. Everything is absolutely ruined, to be fair. ' I don ' t even know what happens next.

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The Ironbridge Gorge – known as the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution – was one of the first locations in the UK to be designated as a World Heritage Site in 1986.

Ironbridge was badly flooded in 2000 when water levels rose to 23ft (seven metres) in what became known as the Great Millennium Flood. The measuring gauge up river at Buildwas was showing a level of 21.4ft (6.51m) at 5pm.

Chris Bainger, from the Environment Agency, speaking to i in Ironbridge, said the agency and its contractors and the local council were doing a “sterling job” at maintaining the flood defences.

He said: “As a precaution, it’s a severe flood warning so we have removed people from properties behind the barriers. We’re just fearful they may become ineffective but that is a precaution at this time.”

Environment Secretary Defends Boris Johnson For Not Visiting Flood Victims .
Environment secretary George Eustice has defended Boris Johnson for defying calls to visit flood-stricken areas. He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday that the “first thing” the prime minister told him last week when he was appointed to the role was that there were storms incoming. “It was agreed that I would make a visit to look at our preparedness over that weekend,” Eustice said. “It’s not true that the prime minister’s not been engaged in this. From the very moment he appointed me he’s been engaged. We stood up a national flood response centre and there have been daily conference calls that I’ve led.

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