urged to help flood-hit communities by Burnham
Conservative parliamentary candidate has written to Prime Minister
David Cameron calling for more action to prevent further flooding
on the Somerset Levels.
Heappey has joined local residents and district and county councillors
in calling for more preventative action as Somerset faces more
heavy rain this weekend.
said: "We are seeing floods in our area all too frequently
and it is time for some serious investment in both our rivers
and drains, and in flood defences for the most vulnerable towns
County Council and Sedgemoor District Council are doing what they
can with the resources available to them but it is time for the
Environment Agency and for the government to commit the necessary
resources to tackle flooding here in Somerset."
far the worst of the flooding has been further south in Somerset
but as I have been travelling around over the last few days, you
can see that the land is water-logged, the rhynes and drains are
full and with the high tides due next week along with further
heavy rain; I am concerned that we could see widespread flooding
in the Burnham, Wedmore and Meare areas," continued James.
have joined neighbouring Bridgwater MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger,
in writing to both the Prime Minister and Eric Pickles to call
for immediate action to help the communities affected by the floods."
must be the priority for now. However, I have also highlighted
to them the frequency with which Somersets villages are
being threatened by flooding and called for urgent investment
in better dredging and flood defences."