This afternoon, Richard visited numerous locations in the Newbury constituency to examine water levels and talk with concerned residents.
In Streatley, Richard visited The Swan, a bar, restaurant and hotel situated on the riverside, to discuss the potential for future flood defences with management.
In Compton, Richard surveyed the village, and inspected Horn Street, the scene of previous flooding. He was relived to discover minimal flood water and to learn that Thames Water are keeping residents abreast of developments.
Following his visits, Richard said, “I have been in constant contact with Thames Water and the Environment Agency since the rains started. Whilst the River Thames is very high in Streatley, the community is really rallying round to ensure it is business as usual.”
He continued, “I am relieved that the River Pang has not flooded in Compton. Groundwater levels are rising and concerns are raised about a repeat of last year’s problems. From speaking to residents I know they are vigilant, and I urge all residents to sign up to the free flood warnings available from the Environment Agency athttp://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx
Following discussions with Newbury Station and West Berkshire Council earlier in the week, water is continuing to be pumped from Station Road, with a view to reopening Platform 1, as quickly as possible.
Richard would urge any constituent who is concerned by flooding to get in touch with his office.