MIKE Amesbury is calling for an urgent investigation into flooding which hit Northwich over the weekend.

The town’s MP spent Sunday at the scene along with Environment Agency staff, speaking to residents and businesses who had been impacted by the flooding.

He has now written to the Environment Agency and Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers calling for an urgent probe into the flooding.

Northwich Guardian:

The scene at Waitrose on Sunday

Mike said: “This has had a devastating impact on many local residents and it’s clear questions need to be answered about what happened.

“Environment Agency and council staff on the ground did a fantastic job at the scene, but in terms of the wider picture we need to know how this happened so we can ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

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New £7m defences were installed in June 2017, after costly floods hit the town centre – which sits at the the confluence of the rivers Weaver and Dane – in 2000 and again in 2012.

While the first phase of demountable barriers was put up on Friday night, Waitrose car park and Dane Street flooded on Saturday – with photos showing drains in the road struggling to cope.

Northwich Guardian:

London Road/Dane Street on Saturday night. Photo: Michael Lanham