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The Environment Secretary Liz Truss has announced £150 million will be spent on flood defence schemes in areas affected by the December floods.
This includes £115 million extra for Yorkshire with funding for schemes in Leeds, York and the Calder Valley, to better protect 3,000 homes and 1,700 businesses and other properties.
A new £65 million scheme in Leeds will cover the area north of the station and the wider Aire catchment to better protect 579 properties. The Government will provide £35 million between now and 2021, and will provide funding to complete the scheme.
The Calder Valley will get an additional £35 million, to better protect 1,600 properties. This will include schemes in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. A feasibility study for the Calder Valley is already underway with an action plan for Mytholmroyd due to be published in May and a plan for the whole Valley by this autumn. This is in addition to the £17 million of work already planned by 2021 in the Calder Valley.
York is to get an additional £45 million funding for work on around 15 schemes at different locations to upgrade raised defences and provide a consistent standard of protection for the City. This will better protect over 2,000 properties. This is in addition to the £10 million that has already been committed for repairs and upgrades to the Foss Barrier where work is planned to start in early April and be complete by December 2017.
The Environment Secretary Liz Truss is in the region this afternoon visiting areas badly hit by the Boxing Day floods.
She is expected to make an announcement about how £150 million - made available as part of yesterday's budget - will be spent on flood defence schemes in Leeds, York and the Calder valley.