Update on flooding in Tandridge and Horley

Floodwater has continued to present major problems across the constituency (including in Horley, Lingfield, Smallfield and Whyteleafe) and the surrounding areas. A multi-agency approach is required to bring a situation of this nature under control, and I am liaising closely with those involved ? the Environment Agency, Tandridge District Council, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Surrey County Council’s flood management team, the police and others – to ensure that efforts are being coordinated effectively. On Saturday I was also in Whyteleafe to assess the scale of the problems caused by the resurfacing of the Bourne River along the Godstone Road and Downs Way, and the disruption to traffic along the A22. I was very impressed with the good humour and stalwart approach of all those working on site including Tandridge District Council, Surrey County Council, the Police ? there was even a Salvation Army Emergency Response Unit in attendance. I would like to thank all those on the ground whether they are working to remove flood water, managing traffic, or offering help and support to families most affected. Whilst this is undoubtedly a terrible time for those affected, I am reassured that the agencies are working flat out in a very difficult situation. The levels of floodwater we have seen are a once in a generation event, and whilst there will be lessons to be learned our focus must be on ensuring the agencies have all the support they need to alleviate the suffering of constituents affected.