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By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 14 March 2014 Updated: 14/03 10:47
NEARLY 600 homes in Redditch are at risk from flooding, new figures have revealed.
The Environment Agency data analysed by Friends of the Earth shows within MP Karen Lumley’s constituency, which covers the town and outlying areas such as Inkberrow and the Lenches, there are 563 at risk, with 48 in the ‘significant’ risk category.
It comes after severe flooding which hit areas in Worcestershire, although the town itself was not majorly affected.
Chris Crean, West Midlands FoE campaigner, said: “Flooding is devastating for anyone that is affected by it and as a country we must do much more to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Without proper investment in flood defences, hundreds of thousands more homes could be put at risk of flooding.
“Prevention is better than cure, so it’s also vital the Government redouble efforts to stop climate change becoming worse.”
He added the organisation was urging MPs to support more investment to make homes energy efficient and reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Kevin White, a Green Party activist from Redditch, said: “Thankfully Redditch has scarcely suffered in this winter’s floods. Unless we tackle the causes of climate change we may face frequent disruption from flooding in years to come.”
Mrs Lumley said the Government had increased spending on flood defence to £2.4billion over the last four years meaning 165,000 households will be better protected in 2015 than in 2010. She added another 42 flood defence schemes would start construction in 2014/15 with work due to start on another 13 approved last year. Once completed they will provide added protection for more than 42,000 households.
“Over the past two months, Britain has been battered by some of the wettest weather in over 200 years. My sympathy is with everyone affected by the ongoing flooding which is causing misery to communities and businesses across the country,” she said.
“The challenge of climate change is one that I take extremely seriously, as I’m sure my constituents in Redditch do too. I’m pleased to see that the UK is leading the way on climate change, seeking to decarbonise our energy sector and backing investment in renewable energy and green projects.”
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