THE MP for Eddisbury, Edward Timpson, has visited those impacted by recent flooding in Farndon and Holt.

Storm Christoph in late January brought heavy rain and with it flooding at several settlements alongside the River Dee, leading to many having their properties damaged or even having to evacuate or be rescued.

The flooding of the River Dee at Farndon and Holt has also brought about concerns about the structural integrity of the Farndon Bridge.

Mr Timpson and Wrexham MP Sarah Atherton visited the site, inviting Farndon councillor Paul Roberts and Karen Shore, cabinet member for Environment, Highways and Transport for Cheshire West and Chester Council, to highlight the impact the floods have had on the Holt Bridge.

Mr Timpson said the recent flooding 'brought into focus' the requirement for long-term flood prevention measures.

"On recent visits across Eddisbury, including here in Farndon, I've seen first-hand the serious impact that the significant flooding has had on local residents and businesses," said the MP. "The ongoing efforts by local agencies to assist the affected areas are much needed and appreciated.

"It has also brought into sharper focus the requirement to plan for more preventative measures to be put in place to help make Cheshire more resilient to future flooding.

"I will continue to work closely with fellow MPs, Cheshire councils, the Environment Agency, the River & Canal Trust, water companies and others to help ensure that this happens."

Meanwhile Ms Atherton added: "I am very grateful to the council representatives from both Cheshire and Wrexham for meeting with me and my constituents to hear their concerns and see the damage first-hand.

"Today is an example of local representatives working together to help their constituents.

"We must learn lessons from the flooding we have seen recently, and I am looking forward to working with local authorities, the UK Government and the Welsh Government to deliver the support that my constituents need."