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Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in (a) East Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) England were affected by flooding in each of the last five years. (110860)

The last significant flooding in Cambridgeshire took place between December 2002 and January 2003 when 84 Cambridgeshire properties were affected. The Environment Agency received no reports of flooding of homes in East Cambridgeshire as a result of this incident.

Cambridgeshire also experienced severe flooding in October 2001. According to reports made to the Environment Agency, 500 properties were flooded across Cambridgeshire as a whole. However, only a single property was flooded in East Cambridgeshire.

The figures for October 2001 are based upon post-event survey work carried out by the Environment Agency and represent the total reported flooding from main rivers, non-main rivers, surface water and other flooding.

In addition to these major flood events, there are anecdotal reports of flooding from other, localised, events such as intense summer thunderstorms which suddenly inundate properties over a small area. The Environment Agency does not hold statistics for these occurrences.

The Environment Agency does not compile figures for flooded properties at a national level.