West Dorset MP Leads Flood Government Operation
7:36am 21st March 2014
Oliver Letwin will be meeting with businesses in Dorchester today to find out how they were affected by the floods.
The West Dorset MP is now in charge of the Government's flood recovery operation.
He'll be looking at whether the severe weather has exposed weaknesses in Dorset's flood defences.
Shaun Webb is the Director of wet suit company O'Three at Osprey Quay, he says what was in place worked well.
"The storm relief culvert which was put in place some 30 odd years ago - was working tremendously. It was spewing out millions of tonnes of water every hour and if that wasn't put in place Chiswell would have got hit a lot sooner with water coming up through the drains."
Mr Letwin will be meeting people like Alison Moore from Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. Alison said:
"Local business have told me things like the West Stafford bypass - and the A354 through Milborne Abbas - the flooding on those roads impacted on them getting to work and meeting their customers. There's an on going issue around pot holes and I think most of us have experienced those!!
Oliver Letwin told Wessex FM:
"This winter was the wettest on record, causing terrible damage and disruption and I'm keen to help the hardworking communities and businesses of Devon and Dorset get back to their daily lives.
We need to make sure that we are delivering the right support and help is reaching those in the counties who need it most.
It is also vital that we learn the lessons from what happened and make sure any weaknesses are fixed for next winter and that's exactly what I intend to do for the people of Devon and Dorset."