Boris Johnson has not visited flood impacted communities since Storm Dennis struck
Boris Johnson has still not visited victims of flooding ten days after storms and torrential downpours have left businesses and homeowners devastated throughout the country.
Flood-hit families have lashed out at the government for its response to the severe weather conditions that have blitzed the country, and criticised the PM for his no-show in areas such as Yorkshire, South Wales and the South West, who have been battling the deluge.
Storm Dennis hit on Saturday February 15, causing transport chaos as high-winds cancelled flights and rain lashed the sodden ground.
Just 12 hours later, and after torrential downpours overnight, various parts of the country were flooded, and 10 days later have still not been visited by Mr Johnson.
Anger has been growing over the way the government has reacted since the bad weather first started three weeks ago when communities in Yorkshire were flooded after Storm Ciara, in scenes reminiscent from Boxing Day 2015.
Today Mr Johnson hosted Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at Downing Street as one of the hardest hit areas in the country, Shrewsbury slammed him for not visiting the flood-stricken area.
A woman looks out at flooding around a property in Ironbridge, Shropshire, today which has sandbags by the door
Mike Evans, of Evans Carpets, said he had been told that the council had run out of sandbags. ‘We’ve had nothing – no help or assistance whatsoever. We haven’t seen anyone from the council or the Environment Agency,’ he said.
Mark Davies, 59, who runs Darwin’s Townhouse B&B in Shrewsbury, said he had suffered thousands of pounds of damage and had been unable to obtain insurance.
Asked about the Prime Minister’s absence in the crisis, he said: ‘Boris Johnson should make some sort of nod to acknowledge all the devastation.’
No 10 yesterday defended Mr Johnson’s absence from flooded areas, saying it was important not to ‘distract’ attention from the relief effort, and that Environment Secretary George Eustice was ‘rightly’ leading the Government’s response.
Last week Downing Street confirmed the PM would not be visiting flood-affected areas, while he stayed at the Chevening estate near Sevenoaks with girlfriend Carrie Symonds.
But David Bickle, 57, whose ground-floor flat in Shrewsbury was under a foot of water last night, criticised the Prime Minister’s excuses, saying: ‘What relief effort? There is no one helping us for him to disturb.’
Flooding at the Riverside Caravan Park in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, today as the River Severn hits a record high level
Temporary flood barriers installed in Ironbridge, Shropshire, today, as there are fears that the river could breach them
Thousands of residents living near the Severn have been warned to expect yet more flooding, with a 100-mile stretch of the river now issued with flood warnings
Shropshire Council insisted last night that it has not run out of sandbags. A spokesman said: ‘Any residents or businesses requiring sandbags are asked to contact the council and we will supply them.’
Anger has been growing at the Prime Minister’s no-show in areas that have suffered three successive weekends of horrendous weather caused by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.
Houses in Powys village of Crickhowell were submerged in water after the River Usk burst its banks. And a major incident was declared after a terrifying landslide in Tylorstown, Rhondda Cynon Taf.
York and the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives were also nearly entirely flooded from the River Ouse, after Storm Dennis struck.
The River Wye was the highest it had ever been, causing more havoc in Herefordshire.
Families in south Wales – an area particularly badly affected by the huge amounts of rain fall – lambasted the government for its failure to act.
Museum worker Robin Williams, 62, from Pontypridd said: ‘Where’s Boris? Where’s the help?’
Robin and wife Tracey 55, had moved into their home just one year ago and claims they have not received any help with their flooded property.
Furious locals hit by extreme floods have slammed have vented their anger after Boris Johnson after it was revealed he had no plans to visit areas worst affected by Storm Dennis . Shirley Collyer, 83, is pictured as she is evacuated from her home in Hereford on Monday
Flood water surrounds the bowling club after the River Taff burst its banks in Taffs Wells, north of Cardiff in south Wales this morning
Tracey, who works in a care home, said: ‘We haven’t long been here and a lot of our stuff was new. I asked the council for sandbags but they said you have to wait until the water is coming in, which it was.
‘We haven’t had any help and nobody has been here from the council. They are out of their depth.
‘It was a freak flood and there was nothing put in place to stop it.’
Tracey Waites, 49, also of Pontypridd, added: ‘We haven’t seen anyone. There are no politicians down here helping. Where are they?
‘We haven’t seen anyone from the government or anyone from the council. We’ve heard nothing from anyone.’
Tracey Waits, and husband Marc, 52, described how they were desperately trying to get their belongings upstairs when the flood hit.
Marc said: ‘Luckily our daughter was awake when it started happening and she alerted us.
More than 550 flood warnings are still in place – including five with ‘danger to life’. People bail water out of flooded homes after the River Wye burst its banks in Ross-on-Wye
‘We’ve just been trying to sort out our insurance as we couldn’t get hold of anyone on the weekend.
‘We were watching a car bobbing around in the water outside and thought it might come through our front wall. Our car has been towed away as it was caught up in all the water.’
Tracey said: ‘When the water was coming in we started passing our belongings to each other up the stairs.
‘We managed to save my daughter’s school coursework and some photos because they can’t be replaced. It’s so awful and I can’t believe it’s happened.’
Colin, 78, went outside to try and poke through the drain but flood water was bursting up through it.
Social media user Craig Bloodworth tweeted out pictures of the flooding that has hit York after water levels rose in the River Ouse