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Boris Johnson accused of doing nothing to help as he visits flood-hit Yorkshire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of doing nothing to help flood victims as he took a break from electioneering to visit one of the worst hit areas.

The resident in flood-hit Stainforth in South Yorkshire told the Mr Johnson:

I'm not very happy about talking to you so, if you don't mind, I'll just mope on with what I'm doing."

– Resident
Credit: PA

The woman, clutching a wheelbarrow alongside the troops sent to the area to help, added:

"You've not helped us up to press. I don't know what you're here today for."

Mr Johnson arrived in the area as nearly 100 soldiers began assisting communities cut off by the flooding.

Personnel from the Light Dragoons laid down sandbags in Stainforth near Doncaster, attempting to shore up the village's bridge.

The help comes amid fears that further bad weather could be on the way on Thursday, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain for the whole day covering a vast region from Portsmouth to Hull.

There are 34 flood warnings still in place across England, in locations from Somerset and East Sussex in the South, to as far north as the Lower River Nidd near Harrogate in Yorkshire, and the Holderness Drain in east Yorkshire.

Credit: PA

But five severe "danger to life" warnings on the River Don in South Yorkshire have been downgraded.

On Tuesday evening, the Prime Minister warned there could be further flooding across the country after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency committee.

Mr Johnson also announced relief funding would be made available for those affected by the floods and said that funding for locals councils to help affected households.

It would be up to:

£500
Per eligible household

And for businesses which are not covered by insurance the grant would be up to:

£2,500
Available for small to medium-sized businesses

The PM also urged people in affected areas to heed the warnings of emergency services, after some residents in Fishlake remained in their homes despite being advised by Doncaster Council to evacuate.

Boris Johnson told reporters he understood the anger of residents at the Government.

He said:

I perfectly understand how people feel and you can understand the anguish a flood causes.

"The shock of seeing your property engulfed by water is huge and also the anxiety of what may still be to come and I do thank the emergency services for everything they are doing."

– Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister is visiting the resource centre in Stainforth which is set up for flood victims.

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The announcements came after both Labour and the Liberal Democrats criticised the Government's response to flooding, which is rapidly turning into an election issue.

Latest updates can be found on the Environment Agency website.

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