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Village leaders blast floods report and call for more help to stop it happening again

Flooding in Long Marston - Pictured is landlord of The Queens Head Jonathan Reeve

Flooding in Long Marston - Pictured is landlord of The Queens Head Jonathan Reeve

Political leaders have blasted a report that they say does not properly explain why their village flooded earlier this year.

Many of the Long Marston homes – particularly in Chapel Lane – were damaged by the deluge and The Queen’s Head pub also suffered. Landlord Jonathan Reeve had to put on wellington boots before going into the pub.

Members of Tring Rural Parish Council – which covers Long Marston – say that the report by Herts County Council into the cause of the floods leaves several questions unanswered.

During a recent meeting, they said that the report dismissed the overflowing of the Grand Union Canal as a factor.

But the parish councillors argued that a photo in the same document seems to contradict this, showing canal water overtopping.

The politicians said they need more help putting pressure on the various agencies involved to ensure Long Marston never gets flooded again.

You can learn more about the floods by reading a report undertaken on behalf of the parish council, published here

 

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