8 January 2024
Dunne seeks financial support for Shropshire households flooded by Storm Henk

Philip Dunne calls for Shropshire to be included in the Flood Recovery Framework measures to support households flooded by the River Severn bursting its banks between Shrewsbury and Bewdley through South Shropshire, as well as high waters in several tributaries in the catchment.

Philip Dunne (Ludlow) (Con)

I congratulate the Minister and his colleagues on their prompt action and the very responsive way in which they have handled inquiries from MPs throughout the House whose constituencies have been affected.

The Minister did not mention Shropshire when he referred to those counties that have been eligible for the flood recovery framework. I assure him that the banks of the River Severn, which I know he visited in Shrewsbury around Christmas, flooded between Shrewsbury and Bewdley. Only on Friday I visited a household near Highley station in my constituency that had water up to the door handles across the ground floor. A significant number of properties are affected and I hope the Minister will consider the representations from Shropshire Council when they come through.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Robbie Moore)

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Before Christmas, I visited Shrewsbury to see for myself the positive impacts that flood defences are having and to speak to Environment Agency representatives. I am well aware of and look forward meeting the caucus of 38 MPs who represent constituencies right across the River Severn channel. I reassure my right hon. Friend that I, my officials and the whole Department are in close contact with the Environment Agency. We are monitoring the situation closely. If we get to a situation where we need to expand the flood recovery fund even further, we will not hesitate to do so.