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MP George Hollingbery meets with flood residents

5/1/2013 (PM)

MP George Hollingbery visited Hambledon on Saturday to see how the flooding had effected residents.

Pictured is: (l-r) MP George Hollingbery talking to Janie Blott (49) and her husband James Blott (61), at their home in Inner West Street in Hambledon.

Picture: Sarah Standing (1333-594)

5/1/2013 (PM) MP George Hollingbery visited Hambledon on Saturday to see how the flooding had effected residents. Pictured is: (l-r) MP George Hollingbery talking to Janie Blott (49) and her husband James Blott (61), at their home in Inner West Street in Hambledon. Picture: Sarah Standing (1333-594)

 

AN MP visited two villages today that have been affected by the heavy rainfall.

George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley, went to Rowlands Castle and then Hambledon earlier today.

He met with residents and business owners to see first hand the damage caused by excess water, and what people are doing to stop water getting into their properties.

Janie Blott, 49, and her husband James Blott, 61, have lived in The Rest, Inner West Street, Hambledon, for the past 19 years.

Mrs Blott, a HR manager, said: ‘Since we’ve been here the house has flooded five times.

‘As a result we have had to reconfigure our house to try and stop water getting in.

‘There has also been a devaluation of the property.

‘I think there needs to be better support for extra water and for less development, as the existing structure can’t cope.’

Mr Hollingbery said he will be raising issues heard today with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Environment Agency (EA).

He said: ‘The most encouraging thing I have seen is how the community has come together and stop water coming in as much as possible.

‘But there’s only so much they can do.

‘I’m going to report this to Defra and the EA and see if we can manage this problem in the long term.’

 

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