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Mary hosts flooding summit in Leeds

Flooding summit

On Monday, Mary hosted a flooding summit in Leeds to discuss the response to the winter's floods.

The meeting with local politicians, businesses, members of the community and others from across Yorkshire, was organised by Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, which Mary chairs, to hear their experiences and views on what can be done as part of its current review of Government policy and action on flooding.

The committee is due to report soon. It is exploring how Government departments and public bodies can better cooperate and what is required from Government to ensure the UK is equipped to face future floods.

At the meeting, Mary highlighted that with climate change increasing extreme rainfall, the Government is going to have to get better at dealing with and preventing flooding.

Speaking after the meeting she Mary said the committee said there was a real concern that communities could become “no-go areas”.

She added that: "Some people were flooded out of their homes and out of their businesses as well. They do not want their communities to become no-go areas they do not want to see businesses moving out or not coming back there. What flood affected communities need is certainty and comfort that this is not going to happen again."

Click below to listen to Mary discussing the summit on Radio Yorkshire.

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