Watford's MP has demanded the Environment Agency provide greater flood prevention for the River Colne.

Richard Harrington wants the river to be dredged and has asked the agency to look into all possible solutions to try and prevent flooding.

The river reached its second highest level on record in February 2014, when parts of Watford and Bushey were flooded.

Mr Harrington said it is particularly important now to review the flood defences of the Colne because of the amount of works happening in the area.

The river runs throuh Watford and has flooded on several occasions. 

The Tory MP said: “The Link Road to the Hospital and parts of the £250m Croxley Rail Link tracks are adjacent to the Colne, so it is important to keep these big investments safe from floodwater.

"So many people along the waterline are affected when the Colne floods – from users of the playing fields and Oxhey Park, Laurance Haines pupils on their way to school, businesses on the Wiggenhall Industrial Estate and worse still, residents of Radlett Road whose homes have been flooded in the past.”

Other suggested solutions include making sure blocked drains and gullies are cleared quickly, ensuring individual advice is available for people and properties that could be affected, and ensuring there is proper communication in advance of flood warnings and potential road closures.

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