Following the flash floods over the weekend Jon Cruddas MP has been speaking to residents in Dagenham that were affected. It seems that there were very few severe incidents compared to those in the south of Havering, with the most widespread problem being caused to roads.

Jon has been liaising between the residents that suffered damage to their properties and Barking and Dagenham Council to get them the support they need.

An update was provided by the Council Leader today in light of the ongoing work;

Following last night's torrential downpour many residents in the Rainham area have been affected by heavy flooding. Many have contacted Jon Cruddas MP asking him to make representations to Havering Council on their behalf.

This morning (Sunday 16 August) Jon Cruddas contacted the Chief Executive of Havering Council seeking assurances that residents will receive the support they need, and that efforts will be made to address the drainage issues and the fallout from last night.

The response from the council stated:

Last week Jon Cruddas MP signed a cross party letter to the Foreign Secretary urging him to consider chartered flights to bring home British nationals stranded abroad during the Covid-19 crisis.

On Monday 23 March British nationals were told to return to the UK immediately. However, following the announcement the cost of commercial flights skyrocketed and many could not afford to return. In some of the countries concerned, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh the British embassy and consulate have closed their doors leaving British nationals without support.

Jon Cruddas, the MP for Dagenham & Rainham, has opposed government plans to cut funding for Fire and Rescue Services by 20%. A passionate supporter of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Jon is concerned that the cuts will compromise the capacity of hardworking firefighters to provide lifesaving 24/7 emergency services for a wide range of hazards.

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As you may be aware there are works being held at Dagenham Fire Station, located on Rainham Road North, for the construction of a new and improved fire station. These works commenced on the 26th November 2014 and are anticipated to continue on until the end of 2015. The remodelling of the fire station, which is being led by Kier Construction, has already seen great progress as most of the demolition works have been finished.