16 February 2020
Harriett praises flood team response

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has praised the work of emergency response teams as floods caused carnage across the county.

Roads were blocked with both flood water and fallen trees as Storm Dennis hit Worcestershire. Worst hit was Tenbury which experienced the worst flooding since 2007 with Market Street and Teme Street under water.

The Environment Agency’s emergency response team in Tewksbury led the efforts to monitor and warn people about serious flooding. Worcestershire County Council’s highways team was also in action for the second consecutive weekend clearing teams and providing emergency support.

Harriett commented: “I was briefed by the Environment Secretary overnight on Saturday as a range of measures were put in place to help homes and businesses affected by the flooding.

“I want to thank everyone who is involved in the emergency response this weekend. I took the time to thank the Highways team in person on Friday, and praised their good work in the House of Commons last week.

“I also took the opportunity to raise my continued concerns about the need for permanent flood defences in Tenbury and asked the Department for the Environment to look at allocating some of the £4billion pledged to new flood schemes to be spent in Worcestershire.

“My thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the latest flood and I will be working with Malvern Hills District Council to ensure that they are well supported to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”