Prince Charles visits flood-hit Fishlake village

Monday 23rd December 2019 16:51 EST

On Monday 23rd December, Prince Charles visited South Yorkshire to meet people affected by last month's floods at a time when Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticised for not doing the same.

He met firefighters, police officers and soldiers at the village of Fishlake, near Doncaster, and toured the worst-affected areas. Hundreds of home were evacuated and businesses were affected when a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours, causing the River Don to burst its banks.

About 200 Army personnel helped support the flood effort.

According to the Clarence House the prince has made a donation to the flood relief fundand he also spent two hours in the village chatting to many of the locals lining the streets. Charles also had a beer at the Hare and Hounds pub, which was at the centre of the flood relief effort in the village.

In the meantime, Boris Johnson has been criticised for not visiting flood-stricken communities at Christmas after it emerged he had no immediate plans to travel to areas hit by heavy rain. Severe flooding in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire in November affected 4,200 homes, and the prime minister was heckled over the length of time it had taken him to visit when he arrived in South Yorkshire. The Met Office has 54 flood warnings and 141 flood alerts in place across the UK, including in the north of England and the Midlands, with some likely to remain active until Christmas Eve as more rain is forecast.

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