This week saw more flooding around Durham, with the River Browney and the River Wear bursting their banks. I asked the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how she intended to deal with these problems in Durham.
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Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham) (Lab): As the Secretary of State probably knows, my constituency is being flooded as we speak, the River Wear having burst its banks earlier today. Durham faces real challenges, because the huge cuts imposed on the local authority make it difficult to respond to flooding and the problems that emerge from it, a lack of appropriate dredging of the river and building on the flood plain. How will the Secretary of State tackle those issues?
Elizabeth Truss: An official Cobra call is taking place at the moment to ensure that the people of Durham have every resource that can be provided for them.
As yet, there has been no response from the Cobra meeting and I will be following up with the County Council, Northumbrian Water, The Environment Agency and DEFRA how we get better protection for Durham.
I also want to assure constituents that I have been checking that flood defences that have recently been put in by Northumbrian Water including Leamside, Belmont, Newton Hall and Brasside are holding.