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Prime Minister David Cameron visits flood-hit Yalding

By Kent and Sussex Courier  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

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PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has visited flood-hit Yalding this afternoon.

The PM made the visit to see how residents were coping in the aftermath of the Christmas Eve floods.

After the visit he wrote on Twitter: "I've been meeting people in Yalding who've had a tough Christmas because of flooding. They've shown real spirit."

He also spoke to a resident called Tim and said:

"I told Tim in Yalding we'd help him recover from bad flooding by getting power back on & ensuring a quick clean up."

The village has been hit hard by the floods after the River Teise banks broke leading to widespread damage.

Some residents and businesses criticised the response and Mr Cameron promised to look into the situation.

Jenny Scott, 70, of Benover Road, Yalding, was flooded on Christmas Eve, but continued to stay in the top floor of her home in spite of having no power.

She saw Mr Cameron today but regretted that he had not seen the flood water at its peak.

She said: “I know he see the Postmaster’s House, because it’s down by the river, and he went to talk to the Fire and Rescue Service, who have been supporting us.

“There was a group of us hanging around and we were probably outnumbered by police and photographers.

“I saw him in the flesh but I didn’t speak to him. I don’t know who he spoke to, I imagine he spoke to some residents.

“We had Helen Grant yesterday. She came by boat and visited the stalwart people who had stayed at home. I thought that was quite nice.

“I think they wanted to involve people like David Camerion for money for flood protection. But I think now the water had gone, it seemed like putting the cart before the horse.

“He didn’t see it when it was totally full or water. We didn’t see a car for 48 hours or more, it was boats or nobody come.

“Today it’s been heaving with sightseers, and that’s not helpful at all.

“If he was going to come it would have been good to see it in the boat yesterday.”

Mrs Scott and her husband had a tuna sandwich for their Christmas dinner, with water.

She said the parish council had been very helpful during the floods, giving them an advance warning to ensure their cars and possessions were moved to a higher level.

There is still a flood warning in Yalding and many villagers have been left without power and water.

Earlier today Mr Cameron tweeted: “An enormous thank you to the @EnvAgency and emergency services who are doing an amazing job with the floods and extreme weather.”

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