As Storm Desmond wreaked havoc over the weekend, David Cameron has been urged from all corners of the House of Commons to act and fund the relief effort. The British Prime Minister is today set to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee to assess the impact of the floods and response times of emergency services.
Storm Desmond devastated large areas of north-west England during the weekend as strong winds and torrential rain tore through Britain. Cumbria was one of the counties worst affected by the storm that caused widespread flooding and left over 60,000 homes without power many without a clean water supply. More than 1,000 people with homes in Cumbria and the Scottish Borders had to be evacuated as the water levels continued to rise.
Emergency services were stretched as they struggled to cope with the impact of the natural disaster and the Cobra committee are set to evaluate their response. Many services are still on standby as forty severe flood warnings are still in place across the north-west with more rain forecast for later today.
Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has been vocal in calling the government to step up its relief efforts, stating that more funding for the repairs are needed and help is required for those affected by the floods.
“The thoughts of the whole country will be with the people in Cumbria and the north west who have suffered so terribly from the devastating storms this weekend. The government is doing everything it can to help those who have seen their homes flooded – and to try and prevent further damage.”
He went on to add: “I would like to pay a huge tribute to all those emergency workers and troops who have worked tirelessly to respond to this weekend’s events. There has been a tremendous response from local communities too, with people taking in families affected by the flooding. That rhetoric [on the northern powerhouse] must now be backed up by action – it is essential that areas in Cumbria which have been hit by flooding are now given the resources they need to rebuild. “Indeed, whilst I support the government’s plans for greater infrastructure spending in the north of England, the reality is that very significant sums will be required in areas like South Lakeland simply to restore pre-existing infrastructure to its prior levels.”