Story by Alex Ross in The Press.
Flooding in York and the Foss Barrier’s failings have been fiercely debated by David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament.
The Prime Minister was quizzed by the Leader of the Opposition after the city’s flood defences struggled to cope with immense levels of water over Christmas.
Mr Corbyn, who visited York on New Year’s Eve, claimed too many schemes to protect cities from flooding had been cut, leaving residents at risk.
He said: “A young couple lost many of their possessions, photos, children’s toys, schoolwork and they have the foul stench of floodwater in their homes, as many families have all over this country.
“They are asking of us wholly legitimate questions, why was it the insufficient pump capacity of the Foss Barrier, again alerted to in 2013 by a Government report, was not dealt with and those pumps were not upgraded, thus those people were flooded in York and their possessions and homes severely damaged?
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