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Ten years on - council reveals the work to ensure Hull floods of 2007 are never repeated

Devastating floods of 2007

It's almost ten years since Hull was devastated by floods - and today the city council will reveal the work that has been carried out over the past decade to stop it ever happening again.

More than 9,000 business and 95 out of 98 schools were flooded across the city when the heavens opened on June 25th 2007, dropping 250mm of rainfall and resulting in the city being one of the worst hit in the UK.

Not only did the initial flooding cause £41m worth of damage, it lead to many families being homeless for over 12 months. Some 6,300 people were living in temporary accommodation and 1400 people had to live in caravans.

The flooding led to a national review which has resulted in new legislation and increased funding for surface water flooding.

Today the council will reveal the extensive amount of work that's been carried out over the past decade to stop this ever happening again - including the investment of more than fifty three million pounds on flood defences to better protect 21,000 homes.

The flooding in 2007 left a mark on our city, and ten years on, we have an opportunity to reflect back over the extensive amount of work done by our partners and the Council's dedicated Flood Risk Management team.

Our team is absolutely instrumental in understanding the risks posed to Hull, and whose in-depth studies have led to external funding for flood defence schemes. For example, nationally, £146m is being spent on surface water schemes, and due to the work of our dedicated team we have secured £68m of this for Hull and Haltemprice.

We have been recognised as a leading local authority in this field of work as flooding remains a high priority for us, and the extensive work and investment that has taken place so far will help to reduce against the probability of flooding.

– Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council