Flood victims in the north of England left high and not-so-dry by the government are desperately resorting to using bin bags filled with soil to protect their homes and businesses from the rising flood waters.
The lack of sand bags for use by the general public comes after the government’s Environment Agency (EA) refused a free loan of water barriers from a flood protection company.
One water barrier can be deployed in 2 minutes and is equivalent to around 500 sandbags.
“We tried our utmost to help, and offered all our demo stock of Water-Gate barriers and pumps to the Environment Agency on Christmas Eve – free of charge on loan. They declined.”
In the words of one York resident:
“If we’d known these were available we would…
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