Ottery floods mentioned in House of Commons

PUBLISHED: 15:06 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:59 17 June 2010

A DEVON MP has spoken in the House of Commons of the appalling experience of flooding which she and others have suffered and which means that she will be out of her house until Easter. Angela Browning, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, she and neighbours hom

A DEVON MP has spoken in the House of Commons of the "appalling experience" of flooding which she and others have suffered and which means that she will be out of her house until Easter.

Angela Browning, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, she and neighbours homes have just been flooded for the second time in 11 years after the recent freak-weather storm that caused widespread disruption in Ottery St Mary and many surrounding villages.

The Tory MP revealed the trauma in the Commons with Environment Secretary Hilary Benn as she spoke about the issue of flooding in rural areas.

She told the Commons: "The Secretary of State will be aware that on October 30 Ottery St Mary and many surrounding villages in my constituency were flooded at 2am, with 4 in of rain coming down in an hour and 3ft of hail, which was still sitting there two days later.

"My own home and those of my neighbours were flooded for the second time in 11 years. We all hope to be back in by Easter. It is the most appalling experience to go through."

She added: "May I ask the Secretary of State about flooding in rural areas?"

Mr Benn said: "I am sorry to hear about what she and her constituents have experienced.


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