Enivornment Secretary Andrea Leadsom outlines flood prevention strategy

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Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has outlined her plans for flood prevention in the Government's National Flood Resilience Review.

The plans include £12.5 million funding for new temporary flood defences ahead of this winter.

The funding comes after a review which was set up in the wake of severe flooding last winter which led to a bill of over a billion pounds.

The review includes:

  • £12.5 million for new temporary defences, such as barriers and high volume pumps, at seven locations around the country. By this winter, the Environment Agency (EA) will have four times more temporary barriers than last year.

  • Utility companies’ commitment to increase flood protection of their key local infrastructure, such as phone networks and water treatment works, so they are resilient to extreme flooding.

  • A new stress test of the risk of flooding from rivers and the sea in England. For the first time, Met Office forecasts of extreme rainfall scenarios will be linked with Environment Agency modelling to provide a new assessment of flood risk.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:

The results of the review will also be used to plan investment in flood defences after 2021.

An additional £1bn will also be spend on maintaining defences, officials said.

Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency added:

You can access the full governmental review here.