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Boris Johnson heckled by angry flood victims as he visits South Yorkshire

Boris Johnson was heckled as he visited victims of the floods in South Yorkshire on Wednesday morning.

The Prime Minister was accused of doing nothing to help those affected by the surging water when he arrived in Stainforth, near Doncaster. 

it came as opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was accused of being a “terrorist sympathiser” by an angry voter in Glasgow.

Mr Johnson was immediately knocked back by a resident who told him she was not interested in having a conversation with him.

The woman, clutching a wheelbarrow alongside the troops sent to the area to help, told him: “I’m not very happy about talking to you so, if you don’t mind, I’ll just mope on with what I’m doing.”

She added: “I don’t know what you’re here today for.”

Another local said: “You’ve took your time Boris, haven’t you?”, to which Mr Johnson replied: “We’ve been on it round the clock.”

Another resident told the Prime Minster to “bugger off”.

A flood victim in Stainforth tells Boris Johnson she does not want to speak to him (Picture: AFP)

Other residents told the PM authorities had not been helping them enough.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Mr Johnson said: “I perfectly understand how people feel and you can understand the anguish a flood causes.

“The shock of seeing your property engulfed by water is huge and also the anxiety of what may still be to come and I do thank the emergency services for everything they are doing.”

Mr Johnson arrived in the area as nearly 100 soldiers began assisting communities cut off by the flooding.

Personnel from the Light Dragoons laid down sandbags, attempting to shore up the village’s bridge.

The Prime Minister (C) walks with Lt Col Tom Robinson (L) of the Light Dragoons and Oliver Harmar, Yorkshire Area Director of the Environment Agency as he visits Stainforth (Picture: AFP)

On Tuesday evening Mr Johnson announced relief funding would be made available for those affected by the floods and said that funding for locals councils to help affected households would be made available to the tune of £500 per eligible household.

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Up to £2,500 would be available for small to medium-sized businesses which have suffered severe impacts and which are not covered by insurance.

The announcements came after both Labour and the Liberal Democrats criticised the Government’s response to flooding.

Flood water covers the roads and part of local houses in the Fishlake area in Doncaster (Picture: Getty)

The Prime Minister warned there could be further flooding across the country after chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain for the whole day covering a vast region from Portsmouth to Hull, with the Environment Agency adding 20mm to 30mm of rain was expected to fall in the next 24 hours.

There are 34 flood warnings still in place across England and seven flood alerts are also in place in Wales, where the Met Office is predicting further heavy rain on Wednesday.

But five severe “danger to life” warnings on the River Don in South Yorkshire have been downgraded.