Boris Johnson to chair emergency meeting over flooding

The PM visited affected areas last week

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee after parts of the country were hit by major floods.

Several areas in Yorkshire and the East Midlands were struck by heavy downpours, with a month’s worth of rain falling in just one day, and areas around Doncaster were worst affected after the River Don burst its banks.

Former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Annie Hall, died after she was swept away by water on Friday in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

The Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms) meeting will take place this afternoon and comes after Jeremy Corbyn sent a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to convene the emergency response committee.

“If this had happened in Surrey, not Yorkshire or the East Midlands, it seems far more likely that a national emergency would have been declared,” the Labour leader wrote, adding that he disagreed with the PM's assessment at the weekend that the flooding was not a national emergency.

Five severe flood warnings from the Environment Agency remain in place around Doncaster, warning of a danger to life in the areas around the River Don at Bentley, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge Caravan Site.

However, the met office has said today that the rain is set to ease in the area and move southward this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have pledged a £5 billion fund to invest in flood defences if they win the general election on December 12.

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