Multi-million investment for flood defences

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss has announced £150 million will be spent on flood defence schemes in areas affected by the December floods

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Multi-million pound investment for flood areas

Flooded York Credit: PA

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.

Flooded Calder Valley

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.

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