Houses In Yorkshire Underwater Amid Record Rainfall And Flooding
Houses in East Yorkshire have been left underwater following record rainfall.
At least 78 homes in Snaith and nearby villages are submerged in flood water, which is almost at ceiling level in some properties.
Kevin and Catherine Lorryman's bungalow is one of these homes and the damage is so severe they believe they may have to demolish the property.
Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Lorryman said: "We are just in a dream world at the moment and there are people all over this town exactly the same, it's a nightmare."
The region was battered by storms Ciara and Dennis and was put on high alert by Environment Agency chiefs as Storm Jorge hit this weekend. Now, locals have been forced to get about on boats after the River Aire burst its banks.
Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, has met with residents and Environment Agency chiefs today (1 March) and called for the government to review how it allocates flood defence money.
Mr Percy said: "We live in a flood risk area, but there's no precedent of it in this area, there's no record of flooding in this area.
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"There has been a record level of rainfall, but it is becoming more normal and we need to look at how we need to manage flood resources in the country.
"Simply having all the water landing here at the bottom of the catchment isn't ideal.
"The government is going to have to do a full review of how we deposit flood defence resources."
Mercifully, water levels are now beginning to recede with help from 12 heavy duty pumps which have been moving water away from the area and into the Aire and Calder canal and the River Don.
There's also currently no further rain forecast, however, locals have been urged to remain vigilant.
Stephen Hunt, the on-duty emergency control centre manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Storm Jorge appears to have passed with limited effect and the overall situation has stabilised. However, while the water levels are generally dropping they are expected to stay high over the coming days.
"While we are still very much in the response phase, the council has started planning for the recovery operation that will follow but that can only happen when the risk of further flooding subsides.
"When that happens, council staff will visit affected properties and arrange special bulky waste collection for badly damaged goods, roads will be cleaned and waste collections organised."
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