Theresa responds to local flooding

Theresa May has visited Cookham to assess the flooding and speak to local residents affected by it. She was joined by local councillors and officials from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, as local residents continue to face the threat of flooding from the Thames caused by the recent rainfall. Cookham is one of several local areas subject to an Environment Agency ‘Flood Warning’ – Sonning, Hurley, Twyford, Wargrave and Bisham are also among the areas affected.

Theresa has been in regular contact with the Environment Agency and local councils over recent weeks, and has raised individual concerns brought to her attention by constituents. She has pressed all the relevant bodies to ensure that there is a robust response to flooding.

Commenting, Theresa said: “The current scenes of flooding in the local area are extremely concerning. I have been in contact with the Environment Agency and local councils on a regular basis and have raised specific individual incidents brought to my attention by constituents. I will continue to monitor the situation closely. Looking ahead, it is vital that we consider what further steps can be taken to improve flood resilience along the Thames.”

“I was pleased to visit Cookham to assess the situation first-hand, and to speak to local residents. I appreciate the concerns of residents in Cookham and other areas affected by flooding. I will continue to press the Environment Agency and local councils to take every possible action to prevent flooding and to respond effectively where it occurs.”

Theresa has also visited Maidenhead Station to speak to First Great Western staff, who updated her on the work they and Network Rail are taking in response to flooding on the line, which has disrupted services to London.

Commenting, Theresa said: “The rail link to Paddington is of vital importance to local people in Maidenhead and Twyford. We need to see it back at full capacity very soon, and I appreciate the work that FGW and Network Rail are undertaking to ensure this is the case.”

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