Volunteers praised by MP after Cross Hills, Bradley and Kildwick hit by floods.

THE incredible efforts of volunteers, community groups, emergency services and councils to combat flooding has been praised by South Craven MP Julian Smith.

The politician, who represents the Skipton and Ripon constituency, spoke after villages including Bradley, Kildwick and Bradley and were hit by the heavy rain last weekend.

He said: “Many people have worked 24/7 to protect communities and to ensure that the correct steps are in place in the event of further flooding this week.

“From North Yorkshire Fire Service, the county council, Craven and Harrogate councils to parish councils, the police, voluntary groups and businesses, there has been a huge effort to help people deal with the consequences of these recent unprecedented levels of rain.”

The MP said he had this week spoken with leading government figures to ensure the best possible support for his constituency should there be further flooding this week.

He said: “Central Government and local agencies are working closely together to ensure we are in a strong position for the coming days.

“I am closely in touch with all relevant organisations and will help ensure they have everything they need to keep people across Craven and the rural districts of Harrogate safe.”

Full article at the Craven Herald

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