Sleaford-area residents urged to back campaign for affordable flood insurance
RESIDENTS of local villages are being urged to sign up to a national petition in an effort to help them obtain affordable flood insurance for their homes.
During flooding in the village of Timberland in June last year, seven properties were badly affected causing some residents to evacuate their homes and stay in nearby bed and breakfasts.
An e-petition set up by the National Flood Forum is calling on the Government to take immediate action that will ensure flood victims and flood hit communities can obtain affordable flood insurance.
Timberland resident Alan Tolley who has just joined a flood forum with neighbours and with residents from the village of Digby, which has also been affected, is urging people to sign the online petition.
Mr Tolley said: "Although my house was not severely damaged by the floods last year, the flooding in the area means that our insurance premiums will be affected and some homes may not even be eligible for insurance.
"A couple who are in their 90s and had lived in our village for 64 years had to be rescued by firefighters last year because they were waist-high in flood water.
"They are now in residential housing and have never got over the shock of it."
As well as being part of the flood forum, Mr Tolley also set up a Facebook page last year in a bid to give flood-affected residents a "voice" and has encouraged people to get in touch.
The e-petition states that insurance underpins the security of people's homes and their value. The end of the "Statement of Principles" in 2013 threatens an unfettered free market that could leave 200,000 homes unable to get flood insurance.
If the petition gains more than 100,000 signatures it can then be considered by MPs for a debate in Parliament.
To sign the e-petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ petitions/42396, or contact Mr Tolley via the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LincolnshireFloodPreventionCampaign