More money for flood prevention schemes

heavy rain in the Calder Valley - Todmorden'The new flood defence wall keeps the River Calder at bay at Todmorden

heavy rain in the Calder Valley - Todmorden'The new flood defence wall keeps the River Calder at bay at Todmorden

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THE Environment Agency will be spending another £4.6 million on flood defence work in Todmorden.

It is part of a £32 million scheme to help protect 658 properties from damage caused by Walsden Water overflowing.

A 500-metre wall is already being built alongside Rochdale Road.

Altogether, residents in Yorkshire will benefit from £30 million in 2012/13 to protect homes and businesses against the risk of flooding.

According to Defra and the Environment Agency £2.6 million will be spent on local authority-led schemes and £600,000 on projects which will be driven by the region’s Internal Drainage Boards.

This government allocation means that around 1,600 households in Yorkshire will benefit from Environment Agency projects in the next financial year.

Most of the money will be spent in York, Northallerton, improvements to Hull’s flood defences along the River Humber and refurbishing embankments along Ea Beck near Toll Bar, on South Yorkshire.

Regional flood and coastal risk manager Phil Younge said: “Whilst continued investment is crucial, flooding cannot always be prevented so communities must also take responsibility for being prepared – for example by signing up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service.”

Nationally, the Environment Agency is on track to exceed its target to better protect 145,000 homes by 2015.

At the latest meeting of the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee it was agreed to raise £1.75 million from local authorities in Yorkshire, a rise of 17 per cent on the previous year.

This will be spent on schemes which would not otherwise qualify for resources from national flood funding but are important.