The poor people of Malton and Old Malton who were flooded out of their homes in November 2012 have been suffering the same misery again.

The flood defences have worked, but the drainage system is so old, badly maintained, clogged and generally unfit for purpose, residents have water backing up and coming up into their houses through the floorboards.

Rivers, ditches, drains, sewers, culverts are not dredged and cleared often enough because of “lack of money”, but our Governments will willingly send money to “aid”, foreigners all over the world. It is a scandal.

David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.