Communities across England are to benefit from £62 million of flood defence investment. The Government announced this week that it will finance 13 projects across Yorkshire, Cumbria, the north-east and the south-east. The cash will help develop existing flood defences and boost economic regeneration in those areas, most of which suffered flooding in the winter of 2015.
Investing in flood risk management
More than 9,004 properties will benefit from increased flood protection. The £62 million announced this week is in addition to a commitment of £2.6 billion to be spent up to 2021 to protect 300,000 homes across England. Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “Events this summer have shown that investing in flood risk management is more important than ever, and this funding builds on our long-standing £2.6 billion commitment to better protect 300,000 homes from flooding and coastal erosion over six years.”
13 projects to benefit
Seven projects in Yorkshire will share in the funding, along with four in Cumbria and Lancashire and two in the north-east. The Calder Valley will receive £19 million for schemes in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Brighouse where more than 3,000 properties were flooded four years ago. Meanwhile, £6.3 million is going to projects in Essex and Lincolnshire. Jake Berry, Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse, said: “This new funding for flood defences in the north of England adds to the £5.4 billion already invested in the Northern Powerhouse to drive jobs and economic growth.”
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