South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray meets with Environment Minister over flooding concerns
In the wake of the December floods, South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray has met with the Minister responsible for dealing with flooding to discuss the devastating effect it has on the day to day life of residents in the county.
Mrs Murray briefed Richard Benyon MP, on the current situation and to invite him to come and see for himself the damage caused by floodwater.
"South East Cornwall has suffered more than its fair share of flooding," said Mrs Murray, "I have personally visited as many of the communities affected as I can and have seen first-hand the devastation both to people's property and their lives."
Mrs Murray explained that the impact on Cornwall's travel links during the floods had, in many cases, left people cut off from neighbouring towns and affected their livelihoods.
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She added: "In these tough economic times, where businesses are struggling, a sudden drop in customers can create a substantial impact even where the business is not flooded itself.
"I will continue to do all I can for the victims of the floods and would like to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard both in immediate response and longer term support. I would particularly like to thank all the local Councillors who have done so much including councillors Galipeau, Toms, Shakerley, Trubody and Pugh."
Mr Benyon declared he wants to make sure that all that can be done to help those affected is being done.
He said: "I recognise the impact these floods have had on this part of Cornwall. I know the difficulties facing local residents and I want to make sure the government is doing all it can to help this local community recover."