London street flooded

Cuts to defences made by the Tories are to blame for the misery of flooding that affected thousands across Britain last week. As of last weekend more than 1,000 homes had been damaged by flood water after major rivers burst their banks following Storm Henk. 

Heavy rainfall meant the River Trent in Nottinghamshire burst its banks on Thursday of last week. Rising water led to the drowning of a herd of cows and the flooding of homes and other buildings. 

Almost an inch of rain fell in under 24 hours in Bishop’s Stortford, leading the River Stort to flood. In Kent rainfall caused the River Thames and River Kennet to overflow. 

Reading resident Anthony Cross said, “I got a call last night at about 1am saying that the water was coming through the house. “My mother is elderly, bed bound and on her own here. “It has come into the house and flooded the front room and the kitchen.” 

It’s no surprise that floodwater is causing chaos across Britain. From 2018 to 2019 the government spent less than 0.1 percent of its budget on flood defences and combating coastal erosion. This figure was the lowest for five years. In 2020 the government committed to protecting 336,000 more properties between 2021 to 2027 from flooding. But this figure was cut by over 200,000 last year according to the National Audit Office.

The Environment Agency has been forced to abandon plans to build 500 of their 2,000 proposed flood defence projects due to cuts. Climate change, which leads to more extreme weather, will mean that ordinary people in Britain will be hit harder by flooding. But every flooded home is the fault of a Tory government that has refused to put money into defences that could have stopped the damage. 

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