Flooding recently harmed residents of central Tadcaster, Bolton Percy, Saxton, and Tockwith. Nigel Adams MP visited Tockwith last week to see the damage and speak with residents, who said their homes – which had not previously flooded – had seen accumulated water coming in through walls and doors. Residents emphasised the financial hardship of having to replace damaged and destroyed property and repair their homes, and said they believed new flooding was attributable to changes to the area’s drainage system.
Mr. Adams called the situation “unacceptable” and raised the matter with North Yorkshire County Council. He received assurances that a full assessment of the problem in the area, which includes the accumulation of deep water each time there is heavy rain, is currently being undertaken.
Mr Adams said: “It is unacceptable that people should live in fear every time heavy rain is forecast.
“There are a few villages which flood whenever there is heavy rain. It is unacceptable that people should suffer repeated flooding in this way. Almost as soon as they have completed repairs after one event, they are flooded again.
“In some cases they have to move out while the house is dried out and plaster replaced. If the village did not flood in the past it should not do so now. I have spoken with North Yorkshire County Council and asked them to investigate the problems in Tockwith and have been assured that a survey will be taken using remote control cameras in the drainage culverts.
“I am hopeful that a solution can be in place for Tockwith in the near future.”
[Story via Dan Bean of The Press]