Statement re Flooding Response (28 December)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has praised the police and partners for their work to help flood hit communities across the county.

The flooding situation has been, according to the Environment Agency, some of the worst in 70 years and the Police declared it a major incident over the Christmas weekend.

Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"The police and our partner organisations throughout West Yorkshire have been doing everything possible to help flood hit communities and I would like to thank them for their sterling efforts and support in co-ordinating the response at a time of great stress and worry for all those affected. I have been in close contact with the West Yorkshire Police Gold cover since Boxing Day and monitoring the sometimes devastating impact of the floods in numerous locations throughout the County.

"As the situation generally moves from a response to recovery phase, I visited some of the locations to see first hand the extent of the damage and the way in which everyone is pulling together to clear up and repair some of the damage. However, the Government must ensure there is the appropriate support in place ASAP for those victims that need it the most to access help, funding, etc, and then quickly move to assess the lessons in helping to combat further flooding on this scale.

"In the meantime we are not 'out of the woods' as the weather forecasts for later this week indicate more rain and the police along with all our partners will be preparing accordingly in the event of more flooding problems.

"For further advice and information please visit the West Yorkshire Police or the Environment Agency websites."

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