March 12 2014 Latest news:
Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Prime minister David Cameron has paid tribute to emergency services, volunteers and the Eastern Daily Press for their role in preparing for and tackling the impact of the recent floods.
In the House of Commons today the EDP flood appeal, and the generosity of readers, was highlighted by Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham during the weekly prime minister’s questions session.
Mr Bellingham asked the prime minister to pay tribute to Norfolk’s emergency services and volunteers who had done “such a brilliant job” in both tackling the recent coastal floods and helping to repair the damage.
He said the floods were “potentially worse than the floods of 60 years ago which killed 300 people, and destroyed 5,000 homes.”
He also made special mention of the Eastern Daily Press, which he said had campaigned “tirelessly” in raising money for the victims of the floods.
Mr Cameron said he had been very impressed during his visit to Wells, a few days after the record storm surges battered the East Coast, to see the “amazing contribution of the emergency services”.
The Tory leader said that local newspapers had highlighted the issue and helped people to prepare for what was to come.
He added: “I was particularly impressed by what I saw in terms of what the lifeboats had done because of the enormous wave which swept through their station, but even with that they were able to get out and help people”.”
He claimed that the money spent on flood defences had protected a lot more homes than otherwise would have been protected.
He said work needed to continue.