· East Yorkshire is set to benefit from over £3 million of investment to help protect against flooding and coastal erosion.
· The funding comes as part of the Government’s plan to protect communities from flooding in 2021-22, and part of a wider record investment into protection from flooding and coastal erosion over the next six years.
· A consultation will also be launched in autumn 2021 looking at how to better protect frequently flooded communities.
118 more homes and businesses in East Yorkshire are to be better protected from flooding and coastal erosion by 2026-27, as part of new plans announced alongside a £5.2 billion investment.
The Flood and Coastal Erosion Investment Plan outlines how this record £5.2 billion of investment over the next six years will be spent, including more than £860 million in 2021-22 on boosting the design and construction of more than 1,000 flooding alleviation schemes.
The funding will help to protect a total of 336,000 properties in England by 2026-2027, including 118 in East Yorkshire, helping to avoid £32 billion in wider economic damages and reducing the national flood risk by up to 11 per cent across the country.
The funding will be accompanied by a consultation in the autumn, where the Government will look at how to better protect frequently flooded communities. The announcement has been welcomed by local MP Sir Greg Knight, who has campaigned for more resources to combat both flooding and coastal erosion, and who says he will continue to do so..
Commenting, Sir Greg said: “Both flooding and coastal erosion can devastate communities, so we must put better protections in place to tackle it.
“Although the latest announcement will improve the situation, more still needs to be done to guard homes, families and our farmland from the devastating impact of flooding.”