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Areas of Lancashire and Cumbria set to benefit from flood defence projects

Kendal was one of the worst places hit by the 2015 floods. Credit: ITV News

Communities in Lancashire and Cumbria affected by the devastating floods of 2015, are set to benefit from millions of pounds in flood defence funding.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said the £62.35 million pledge, which will target 13 areas in total throughout the UK, will help protect more than 9,000 homes and is in addition to the Government's current £2.6 billion flood defence programme.

The funding will see £22.8 million allocated to four projects in Kendal, Egremont, Flimby and Preston and South Ribble.

£19 million will be given to the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, where schemes will be developed in the towns of Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Brighouse.

Tadcaster in North Yorkshire will get a £9 million input.

Outside the north, the announcement also covers schemes in Essex and Lincolnshire.

Ms Villiers said:

I am delighted to announce over £60 million of additional funding to better protect communities which are vulnerable to flooding, particularly across parts of northern England.

"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."

– Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers

Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the Environment Agency and UK commissioner on the Global Commission on Adaptation, said:

This extra funding will help us to go even further in our mission to better protect communities up and down the country from the terrible effects of flooding.

"We will work closely with these communities to design and build projects which not only reduce flood risk but which also benefit wildlife and the local economy for decades to come.

"This vital investment comes on the same day that the Global Commission on Adaptation has released a report which issues a rallying cry to the international community to invest more in climate resilience including better protection for flood risk."

– Chairwoman of the Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd

According to Defra, the Environment Agency has completed construction of more than 500 new flood and coastal erosion schemes since April 2015.

It said the Government will set out a policy statement on preparations for flood and coastal erosion later this year.