The TV cameras may have moved on but people in Irwell Vale are still struggling with the aftermath of Storm Eva.
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Kerry McCarthy MP visited flood hit Irwell Vale today.
Kerry McCarthy visited the village which was hit by Storm Eva on Boxing Day. Around 40 properties where very badly affected and many residents remain out of their homes.
Kerry was joined by Council leader Alyson Barnes and they discussed what further support they need and how such damage can be avoided in the future. They were shown around by the owner of the local nursery which had to close its doors after the floods.
Although the TV cameras may have moved on, we know that communities are still struggling with the aftermath and Rossendale Council and the Labour party will make sure they are not ignored or forgotten.
The proposed new house building figures that the government will impose on Rossendale Borough Council are a further worry for the local community still recovering from the floods in December. Rossendale has limited site options available to build on so would have to use Green Belt land to reach the target. This would be hugely damaging to the environment, the community and possibly increase the risk of flooding in the future.
Kerry McCarthy said:
“Irwell Vale is a beautiful village that was hit hard by the floods in December, some residents have still not returned home. Too often the smaller places like this are overlooked by flood responses.
"The Government could have made up to £23 million available weeks ago to communities like Rossendale by applying to the EU Solidarity Fund, with millions more possible in further installments.
“With barely a week left before the deadline, David Cameron urgently needs to get a grip and apply for EU funding to help communities devastated by the floods.
“Local communities understand best the devastation caused by the recent floods and must be at the heart of efforts to repair the damage and protect against the risk of future floods.”
“It is essential they are listened to and that’s why I am glad to have met with residents and business owners in flood-hit Irwell Vale.”