York Green Party

3 October 2012

Millennium Bridge in floodSeptember saw yet more intense rainfall and the highest floods in York since 2000.

Properties along New Walk had to be sandbagged as river levels rose to over 5m above normal levels following over 60mm of rain in 48 hours. Access to Millennium Bridge was only possible from Maple Grove and flooding on the Rowntrees Park side cut Fishergate off from South Bank for two days.

Andy D'Agorne has criticised the lack of any mention of this route on traffic reports and is questioning why something can't be done to keep it passable in such exceptional flooding. "The wettest summer on record is part of a pattern of more extreme weather scientists predicted would result from climate change" he said.

"Record summer melting of summer sea ice is another clear sign that governments and business have to take emergency action on cutting our CO2 output as well as preparing for the worst," Andy concluded.

Green MP Caroline Lucas has backed EDM303 calling for the creation one million green jobs within a year to kick-start a green industrial revolution. Such a programme would reduce the energy bills of the most vulnerable through warmer, better insulated homes while economically regenerate our former industrial heartlands.

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