Petition rallies flood insurance call

By Gary Smee Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 07/12 09:33

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Buy photos » Evesham came close to a repeat of the devastating floods of 2007 last week.

PRESSURE is being put on the Government to do more to protect homeowners following the recent flooding in the Vale.

Flood charity, the National Flood Forum, has launched an e-petition called "People need Flood Insurance" calling on the Government to take immediate action that will ensure flood victims and flood hit communities can obtain affordable insurance after 2013 when the Statement of Principles - an agreement between Westminster and the insurance industry to provide cover in areas prone to flooding - finishes.

When it runs out in June the NFF is concerned 200,000 households may find themselves unable to get flood insurance if there is no agreement on a new scheme.

Pershore Mayor, Charles Tucker, who is also chairman of the National Flood Forum, said: "It is time for Government and the insurance industry to stop arguing and agree a new scheme.

"Flood-hit households need reassurance that they will be able to get affordable flood insurance in future."

Evesham's MP Peter Luff also wants more to be done to protect homes and businesses in the town and is writing to the Environment Agency asking them to look again at providing flood defences.

The EA has previously said flood defences would prove to be too expensive for the number of homes they would protect but Mr Luff said the town came perilously close to widespread devastation again last week.

"After the 2007 floods the Environment Agency did a lot of detailed work on possible schemes to protect the town," he said.

"These schemes failed on two grounds – they were too expensive for the benefit provided and they were too visually intrusive to be acceptable to local people.

"We have now been reminded that weather patterns are changing and the town may not be so lucky next time. Technology has moved on too and now self-rising barriers, for example, are a practical reality.

"I am asking the Agency to look again at what could be done to prevent a repeat of the damage caused by previous floods. So much good is happening in Evesham at present, but we cannot afford to be complacent about this ever-present risk."

Following the widespread flooding the Government announced a £120million package to speed up the delivery of flood defences but there is no indication of how much of that funding will benefit the Vale.

To sign the e-petition log onto epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42396

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