Maidstone council criticised over flood defences

Villagers in Kent have criticised Maidstone council over their lack of flood defences following the damage caused to local homes by the storm.

Yalding resident, Erica Olivares, said that her local council had done nothing to help those with severely damaged homes.

In a heated on-camera exchange with the PM, she said: "We still have no electric. We need electric. As I say the council, from Monday we have been trying to contact them, but they have all decided to go on their holidays. Nothing."

It would be nice to have extra money from central government to build someproper flood defences for this part of the country and the county of Kent. This area here in Yalding is very prone to flooding. This is certainly the worst flood that's been in this area for some 30 to 40 years but it does happen far too frequently. The big issue is there needs to be better flood defences built for this part of the Medway river because it's prone to flooding. I think everybody has done everything that they possibly could do to help and support the residents."

– Paul Carter, Kent County Council leader

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