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Action needed over 'looming flood insurance crisis'

By adam civico, Assistant Editor Tuesday 10th July 2012
Crisis warning: Michael Dugher

A looming crisis means householders are faced with rising bills for flood insurance because of government delays, an MP has warned.


Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has written to environment secretary Caroline Spelman urging her take action.


Homes in his constituency were again put a risk on Friday when flash floods swamped the borough. And he said it highlighted the 'looming crisis' and the fact that people in flood-prone areas were struggling to get insurance.


In his letter to Mrs Spelman, Mr Dugher, said: “The previous government increased investment in flood defences and in return the insurance industry agreed to keep insurance available. However, this government has cut capital investment in flood defences by 27 per cent, creating uncertainty for homes and businesses at risk of flooding.


“The Association of British Insurers has warned that unless the Government agrees a new sustainable long-term solution for insurance, up to 200,000 high-risk households across the country will face problems in getting flood insurance in June 2013.


“I am sure you understand my concern for my local residents that have been hit by flooding in recent years. I would urge you and other ministers to take the necessary action immediately.”


He added that despite a lack of resources the emergency services and Barnsley Council officers had helped as mych as possible.


“The Government is cutting £400m from the flood defence budget and it appears that this may have resulted in resources being too stretched across our region.


"Whilst I accept that priorities will always have to be made, there is a sense that a lack of resources meant that Barnsley was simply not a priority at all, leaving residents in the Borough potentially exposed.”

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Posted by Roger Dickinson (Barugh Green) I Wed 11th Jul 2012 at 8:17pm

When we experienced the last floods in darton village it caused much devastation and financial hardship. If you were to walk the banks of the river dearne between darton and willow bank at that time it was clear to see the reason for the waters backing up all the way to darton, the river was choked with debris including trees, branches and man made rubbish, I walk the river banks today and I see exactly the same situation, nothing has changed. Until the authorities (council or yorkshire water) clear the debris to create unobstructed rivers the situation at darton will continue to repeat itself everytime we have severe rainfall, don't just take my word for it, walk the riverbanks yourself and see the rubbish choking the river, its not rocket science, just good old fashioned common sense.

Posted by stutheenquirer I Wed 11th Jul 2012 at 10:47pm

Can but agree....nobody is willing to throw money at this problem despite the fact they would save much more money if they took some responsibility.Sadly,as well,large chunks of the borough lie in flood plains/at risk areas....but despite all the "hot air",nothing major ever happens to change anything.Can only re-occur time after time.

Posted by Mr Oaks (darton) I Thu 12th Jul 2012 at 2:39pm

There seems to be a lot of talk from mr Dickinson

Posted by stutheenquirer I Thu 12th Jul 2012 at 11:25pm

I don't choose where these houses are built or who maintains the riverbeds.....any individual can only do so much....Machinery can do the work of many.The MAIN question is why this has been allowed to happen in the first place.Until you solve that conundrum,the problems will re-occur.I'd love to see Mr.Cameron down there helping out....after all,it's his "big society".