Red-tape holds up flood defence scheme say campaginers

Communities along the East Coast are recovering after they were hit by the most serious coastal tidal surge in over 30 years.

Video: Brigg and Goole MP on flood defences

There are calls for urgent Government action to shore up flood defences at Boston in Lincolnshire after last week's storms caused chaos to homes and businesses around the town.

Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, Andrew Percy, who's calling for a meeting with the Environment Agency over flooding, spoke to Calendar about the issue.

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Flood map shows where storm has hit hardest

The map shows flood warnings. Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has updated an interactive map showing where the storm has hit hardest. It includes detail on 54 flood warnings, where there is a danger to life, along with 124 flood warnings, and 70 flood alerts.

Check the interactive map for an overview

Check your area at the Environment Agency flood warning website

Read: Storm sweeps across Britain amid 59 severe flood warnings

Campaigners say red tape is holding up flood defence scheme

There are calls on the government to make it quicker for flood defence schemes to be given the go-ahead.

A tidal barrier in Boston, which experts say would have prevented Thursday night's flooding isn't due to be built until at least 2019. Campaigners say the Haven Barrage has been in the planning for at least ten years and that approval for it has taken too long because of red tape

Government minister visits flood-hit Boston

Michael Billington reports on the aftermath of Thursday's floods in Boston in Lincolnshire where the Environment Secretary has been visiting the worst affectged communities along the East Coast. The cleanup is continuing in Boston, where hundreds of homes were under water.

He talks to shop owner Linda King, Owen Paterson the Environment Secretary, Mark Simmonds MP Con for Boston and Skegness and Kirsty Ellis, a flood victim.

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'Exceptional' amounts of money for flood defences

We are putting exceptional amounts of money into flood defences and we are confident that at the end of this government we will have protected a significant number of properties, but when you see the damage done, you'll see that that money is really well worth spending. It's not just the personal tragedy, but the serious disruption to people's lives and businesses. "

– Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has been visiting flood-hit communities along the East Coast.

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