Council chief visits flooding victims

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Bucks County Council leader has been meeting flooding victims in Aylesbury.

Speaking from the Willows estate, where 10% of homes have been swamped with water, he said: “This is a personal tragedy for all the people involved.

“It is terrible for them.

“It’s pretty well unprecedented.

“I’ve just spoken to a lady who just had her new kitchen fitted and it is completely filled with water.”

He said the council is getting low on sandbags and that ‘we are trying to get more’.

Aylesbury MP David Lidington has met with council bosses to discuss the flooding.

He tweeted: “Seen team leaders from AVDC and BucksCC at Aylesbury Vale. Working flat out responding to floods in many parts of the county.”

He said he had talked to the Environment Agency regarding the Willows flooding and ‘they have now agreed that the fire service can pump out the brook’.

However, Bucks Fire and Rescue told The Bucks Herald said it would be impossible to drain the brook and stem the flow of water.

A spokesman said: “This would defy the laws of nature.”

Willows resident Lee Buckingham, 37, said he had spent the last 18 months trying to get the brook dregged by the authorities.

“The brook needs to be dregged by a metre. It has never been done. All the gully drains are blocked with mud and silt. But hands are tied and nothing is happening.”

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