Further to my update earlier this week, I have been grateful to both the Environment Agency and Herefordshire Council for their briefings as the flooding situation develops.
I have been contacted by concerned residents in Hampton Bishop which has suffered dreadful flooding in recent days. A multi-agency response is in action and the Environment Agency say that they are not concerned about the integrity of the flood defences, although they will have to wait for levels to drop before they can fully check the situation.
Water is still being over-pumped out of the village and residents are being evacuated until access is restored, which is expected to be in the next few days.
Herefordshire Council believe that river levels are dropping, and they are monitoring the weather closely. They currently do not expect flooding from further wet weather like we saw over the weekend.
I am aware that many areas have been affected both now and in the Autumn flooding. It is impressive to see communities such as Walford setting up their own flood groups to combat future situations.
Many of us have had journeys disrupted because of extensive flooding to our road networks and it will take time for the highways team to assess and repair any damage such as the road subsidence on the B4224 north of Fownhope.
Even when a flooded road is passable, the impact of the wash caused by vehicles passing through also has a damaging effect on properties, as is the case in Eardisland.
If you are concerned about flooding the Environment Agency have published advice on how best to prepare which you can read by clicking this link.
The Government has activated the Flooding Recovery Framework and the Bellwin Scheme which provide grants to both households and businesses. In addition to the framework, DEFRA have announced the activation of the Property Flooding Resilience Grant, where flood-hit homes and businesses can receive up to £5000 to safeguard against future flooding. If you have been affected, please don’t hesitate to check your eligibility with Herefordshire Council here.
I am remain on standby if I can be of assistance to anyone who has been affected.
Bill Wiggin MP