The meeting between Robbie Moore and Layla Moran MP was secured following a Ministerial Statement in Parliament on January 8, where flooding troubles faced by the Oxfordshire communities were raised by Ms Moran.
The MP pointed out the absence of effective flood defences in the area which was severely affected by floodwaters during Storm Henk.
Her focus was particularly on instances like students at Larkmead School in Abingdon who were forced to stay at home due to flooded school grounds, and the chaos endured by residents as major routes such as the A34 and Abingdon Road were shut.
Ms Moran highlighted that despite a promise from the Environment Agency to develop a solution to Abingdon’s flooding, the area lacks a prevention or alleviation scheme.
This caused the environment minister to agree to a meeting to address these concerns.
Earlier in the week, Ms Moran had toured South Hinksey and Sunningwell – communities hard hit by the flooding.
She said: “I was grateful for the opportunity to raise flooding issues facing residents in Abingdon in Parliament yesterday.
” I am glad the Minister heard my concerns and agree to meet with me to discuss them.
“The Environment Agency promised to develop a solution to flooding in Abingdon ever since the devastating flooding in 2007 and it is high time they came up with one, as I have repeatedly asked them to do.”
She added: “While the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme in development will protect many homes in Oxford, residents in Abingdon are left feeling vulnerable.
“I look forward to meeting with the Environment Minister and discussing why the EA’s own proposed solution of a temporary flood barrier, which works in places like South Hinksey and Kennington, has now been dropped and what alternatives are being considered.”
Storm Henk has had a widespread impact on Oxfordshire, preventing people from travelling to and from the county.
As of January 8, there were still 32 flood alerts issued across the county and 25 flood warnings on rivers going through the area,
Abingdon road has been closed for several days, causing issues for people coming to and from the city.
It is hoped that the water levels will now fall, but the Met Office has warned of icy conditions and wintry showers across large parts of the county.