Andrew and East Riding Councillors, John Barrett and Caroline Fox, recently paid a visit to Reedness. Andrew was keen to see how residents in Reedness are now coping since the flood and to look at the progress being made.
Andrew says: "I have been lobbying at Parliament, speaking with Ministers and held meetings with the Environment Agency in order to try and ensure that the wider repairs in the village and the building up of the river bank in Reedness is completed as soon as possible. None of us want this to occur again! My office has also been assisting several residents with their insurance claims. It is sadly a fact that some residents will not be able to move back into their homes until later in the summer."
John Barrett comments: "It is now 4 months since the river bank at Reedness overtopped on the evening of Thursday 5th December last year and the devastating effects it caused to the residents of Reedness village. Although the flood water probably came through the village in a couple of hours, it left months of hard work for the residents to sort out their homes. The three of us have tried to assist where we could making some donations from the small Forces Fund and assisting with insurance claims for residents but there is still a lot of work for residents to do."
Caroline Fox adds: "The people of Reedness have really pulled together to do what they can for each other in so many ways. Unfortunately, some residents are still living in caravans and in some cases other accommodation in order that their homes can be allowed to dry out properly and required building work is completed. I just hope that Reedness can get back to normal as soon as possible."
Andrew, John and Caroline all agree that the flood committee, set up following the Reedness flooding have done a marvelous job and would like to thank them for the work they have done and are continuing to do. People donated food and goods to the flood committee and that has all now been handed out as required. The East Riding Council Officer Paul Abbott can be contacted to apply for further items to be replaced as a result of the flooding. If anyone has any further concerns they are welcome to contact Andrew, John or Caroline who will try and assist.