Floods latest: Mustard Video: Prime minister David Cameron inspects damage on surprise visit to flood-hit Wells

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Wells Lifeboat Station after the floods. Pictured with lifeboat station crew and Norman Lamb MP, left.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Prime Minister David Cameron visits Wells Lifeboat Station after the floods. Pictured with lifeboat station crew and Norman Lamb MP, left. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Monday, December 9, 2013
1:25 PM

Prime minister David Cameron has visited Wells this morning to inspect the damage done by last week’s flooding.

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He spoke to owners of businesses on the quayside hit on Thursday, before visiting to the Maltings, where he met community first responders and flood wardens.

Mr Cameron was also shown round the town’s lifeboat station, which was flooded during the tidal surge.

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Two Government ministers – Norfolk MPs Norman Lamb and Brandon Lewis – immediately added their own personal £100 donations.

34 comments

  • Absolutely furious to hear our Eaton mess on the radio today - why was he in Wells and not Hemsby or Walcott. .. because he is a politician who has his own agenda of course - extremly dissapointed and fuming to hear his praise of sea defences when areas to the east have virtually no sea defences in place and the issuse is being ignored and he is sending out a totally false message to the nation.

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    frances kearney

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • maybe he should come along to Walcott and see the damage to peoples homes

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    Ann Smith

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Bet none of these were in Norfolk the night the floods took place

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    Double Bill

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Has he been to Hemsby & Walcott where people lost their houses? Oh no, of course not - Because the government has failed these communities by ignoring their pleas for sea defences. Our 'Caring' Prime Minister, thank you for coming now p*ss of back to your big safe house and your millions £££'s!!!

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    Grumbly Ol' Git

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Lovely to see Norman Lamb trailing behind in the Eaton slipstream. I'm surprised he didn't go on camera and announce his favourite soundbite of "This is totally unacceptable."

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    One Horse Town

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Just when everybody thought it couldn't get any worse,the politicians turn up

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    Reader

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • @ Jeffrey Osborne - The cuts Jeffrey are as a result of Labours mismanagement and the wish for community charge payers to continue to get all their services at the same cost, year in year out. If you don`t want any cuts then are you prepared to pay more? No, thought not. The good thing about Norfolk at the moment is that we have a rather active bunch of tory and Lib Dem MPs who act as a coherent unit to get things done. Expect money to be forthcoming as a result of DC`s visit.

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    BG

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • maybe he should come along to Walcott and see the damage to peoples homes

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    Ann Smith

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Rachel, the fundraising is about Walcott. As the commenter above me suggests, homes were also lost in Hemsby and Bacton.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Norm is really lucky this week.Twice he manages to get his very concerned look photo in the papers. Lo and behold Cameron actually found his way to Norfolk.T he election is coming closer and we can expect more of this PR stuff. Wonder how long before they both took off to London? Their real home.

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    norman hall

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • this is more proof that people who pay into the system get nothing back and people who pay nothing get everything

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    milecross

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Well spoken BG. Good to see the PM coming here despite the cynical comments made by a few.

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    Responsible parent

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • So what does the shiny faced one hope to gain from visiting Wells. A few votes maybe. Why didn't he go to Boston where the damage has been far greater? Silly me, Boston already has a Tory MP!

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    Betty Swallocks

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Burnham Market for lunch perhaps??

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    Dictate

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • david cameron and the coalition have just put up hundreds of asylum seekers in a luxury hotel used by premiership footballers at 125 pounds a night and the people of norfolk whose homes have been wrecked are getting nothing . You only get what you vote for?

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    milecross

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • BG your troubleshooting foir the PM here is derisable, because you know that we have no national coast and flood protection policy. His visit, on the same day IPSA announced an 11% payrise for MP's was inconsequential for anybody but the Tory heartland. What did he announce apart from sticky plaster relief? Why does he not cut the MOD budget, they waste more money in a year than we spent on overseas aid, and stop pandering to the likes of the US and Israel, we do not need aircraft carriers, but are desperate to protect our Fenlands were one fifth of our food supplies come from. We do not need to project ourselves in Africa or the Far East, but could do with Insurance companies realising that they have a vested interest inb coastal defences. I find such pat on the back visits derisable, an insult to the losses and injury. I am not King Canute, but we can buy time and protect our estern seaboard fro another 150 years, if we want to that is. The pathetic inevitability displayed and the spurrious pointing to a miniscule foreign aid budgets is just to placate the right before the next UKIP victory looms large.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Nothing more than a publicity stunt same as Norman and Brandon, don't forget there's election only 15 months away.

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    Old Long Balls

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • or Walcott where some homes are completely wrecked

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    Ann Smith

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I spent Sunday in Walcott with my In laws there bungalow along with all there neighbors has been wrecked the water level was about two and a half feet high inside it was upto the cushions of the settee`s ,also all the floor boards were buckled under neath the soaking wet carpets in the lounge, and throughout all the rooms, everything will have to be replaced, they will not be able to live in there for months so Xmas is ruined for them. the freezer compartments were full of smelly water, Wardrobes ruined ,clothes ,shoes everything, you dont realize the extent of damage until you see it.

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    Keith Powell

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • @ Jeffrey Osborne - We are all being affected by the cuts. Just look at Gt Yarmouth Council which is Labour controlled.

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    BG

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • There's well known Norfolk marine expert, who has been predicting these surges in increasing severity and frequency for many years and he states that the marine dredging is largely responsible for the severity as aggregate that would have normally made it way to the beaches and absorbed some of the impact in being sold by Crown Estates for profit. I have no reason to doubt this man and if I lived near one of these vulnerable areas I would move, pronto.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • cynical comments? the man grew up in PR

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    Double Bill

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Ask Cameron what he intends to do about this.....The loss of fronting beach, already denuded of twenty feet of sand cover due to the demand of the offshore pits created by a series of massive levels of aggregate dredging permitted the high seas and waves to reach the base of the marram dunes, the only defence from the sea in that area, causing the loss of over 8 metres of what was once a natural protective frontage.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • It feels like this tragedy is an excuse to give free publicity to their Tory pals. Why is Walcott the only area that the appeal focuses on? Also remind us who is cutting the budgets for councils who should be footing these bills?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • BG -- "If you don`t want any cuts then are you prepared to pay more?" Yes I'm prepared to pay more to protect the coast to stop tragedies. Some people only want to pay for what effects them, which is why Tories so freely axe services for minorities. Investment in public services didn't cause a financial crash in the banks.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • @ norman hall - You are obviously not a follower of parliamentary business. DC was back in parliament this afternoon to lead the tributes to Nelson Mandela.

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    BG

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Homes were lost at Hemsby and Walcott and i do feel very sorry for all these people, but they have chosen to live in known areas for severe flooding and coastal erosion. I think the term is buyer beware, it is why properties here are far cheaper than other areas. In Hemsby, they look to be little more than large wooden sheds.

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    DaveG

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I agree with John. People know what to expect when they buy these properties. As he says 'buyer beware'. I feel sorry for them, but no way inclined to offer financial recompense.

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    Groover

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Wells was probably incidental. Burnham market for lunch perhaps?

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    Dictate

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I agree with John. People know what to expect when they buy these properties. As he says 'buyer beware'. I feel sorry for them, but no way inclined to offer financial recompense.

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    Groover

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Was it a "surprise visit" because nobody has a working mobile phone?

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    Chris Booty

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I'm sorry, but I'm a bit confused about one of the comments, how has Walcott had all the focus? It's taken us ages to find out what has happened 5 minutes down the road for us because there's been minimal coverage on it and we don't dare head down that way as we don't know what's there! They finally told us yesterday evening what has happened at Walcott, before that they were focusing on Hemsby (rightly so in addition to Walcott) for half a day, then have just been focusing on Cromer where no one has lost their homes! This article is about Wells... Nowhere near Walcott! More people have lost their homes in Walcott because of the layout of it, so obviously more money and help is needed there to get those people in new homes with new belongings to replace those lost in time for Christmas, along with those who lost their homes in Hemsby! Should we be focusing on getting local people housed or on fixing a pier?

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    Rachel C

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I agree with John. People know what to expect when they buy these properties. As he says 'buyer beware'. I feel sorry for them, but no way inclined to offer financial recompense.

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    Groover

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • It feels like this tragedy as an excuse to give free publicity to their Tory pals. Why is Walcott the only area that the appeal focuses on? Also remind us who is cutting the budgets for councils who should be footing these bills?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, December 9, 2013

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