West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was left ‘sad and angry’ after meeting with local residents and farmers who have felt the devastating effects of the recent flooding.
On Thursday 11 October 2012 MP Rosie joined the National Farmers Union in visiting Scarisbrick farmers still dealing with the fallout from their fields disappearing under water and decimating their crops.
Later on that day Rosie went along to the Environment Agency’s Flooding Drop-In session at Brookside Care Village in Ormskirk where she heard firsthand how people’s homes have been devastated by flood water pouring into their properties. Some people have been forced to abandon their homes and move into hotels.
MP Rosie said:
“From speaking to farmers and to residents it is clear that so many people were failed during the recent flooding situation. It was so sad to hear how people’s homes and property have been destroyed by the flooding. I was angry to hear how some people’s homes could have been saved from the flooding with a little preventative action, like sandbags, yet they couldn’t get them and their homes were flooded.
“The conditions I saw out in the fields of Scarisbrick were awful. It was shocking to see the extent of the damage that is spread across acres and acres of land. In these austere times it is criminal that so much good food has to go to waste and rot.
“There are severe consequences to farmer’s land being flooded. It hits the farmers and their businesses, their employees and increases the cost of living for families who are already feeling the burden.”
“These visits show me just how vital the latest flooding forum meeting is to get all the agencies around the table to find a better way of dealing with flooding in the future. We cannot allow the people, the farmers and the businesses of West Lancashire to be left stranded and helpless again.”
Rosie Cooper is holding a Flooding Forum meeting on Friday 19th October 2012 to bring together all the key agencies, including the local councils, Environment Agency, United Utilities and others to discuss what went wrong and what the longer-term solutions are for tackling flooding in West Lancashire.”