JARROW MP Stephen Hepburn has called on the Government to give urgent cash support to anti-flooding schemes in South Tyneside.
Mr Hepburn met Floods Minister Dan Rogerson as he made the case for central Government support for flood defence schemes.
The meeting was sparked by major flooding issues in Mr Hepburn’s own constituency, including the Fellgate Estate, Jarrow, in June 2012, which forced some residents out of their homes for several months while their properties dried out.
South Tyneside Council and Northumbrian Water are both involved in projects to tackle flooding – most recently, a huge tank scheme to prevent flooding to homes in Thirlmere Court, Hebburn.
Mr Hepburn said: “The Fellgate area has had problems with flooding for many years, and despite the extreme nature of the flash flooding in 2012, this is an issue in which residents live with the fear that these awful events will occur again.
“If they do then once again they will find themselves in the terrible position of having to deal with a similar clean-up effort.
“Their homes were absolutely ruined by this flooding during the summer of 2012, and the knock-on effect has been felt not only in the damage to homes, but also in terms of insurance premiums, which have gone through the roof.”
South Tyneside Council has applied for Government funding to launch an anti-flooding scheme at Fellgate.
But many other areas of the borough have been hit by flooding, from shops and businesses in Ocean Road, South Shields, to homes at the Lukes Lane Estate, Hebburn.
Mr Hepburn added: “I am sure that the Government in particular will want to do all it can to assist and support this area, particularly in the light of how topical this issue is, with huge problems caused recently across the country by floods.
“I am also aware of the problems experienced by families in Lukes Lane and other areas, and will bring these matters to the minister’s attention.
“I hope, therefore, that the Government, the local authority and Northumbrian Water can all work together to ensure the very best outcome for my constituents.”