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Flood repair work to begin in Hull

Flood repair work to begin in Hull

Work is set to begin on repairing weaknesses in Hull's flood defence system, following the announcement of the necessary government funding.

The Environment Agency (EA) will begin work this autumn after £36.5 million of cash was confirmed by the government. The task will focus on 39 weak points in the defences along the banks of the River Hull, which currently protect 63,000 homes in the city. Work will be finished in 2019 and after this the EA will move on to other tasks.

Flood walls and other protection will be improved to ensure this defence remains robust, with portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and communities at Hull City Council Alan Clark noting that these "currently provide a one-in-200-year protection, meaning that the defences reduce the risk of flooding to a 0.5 per cent chance in any one year."

EA flood risk manager Neil Longden said: "This investment is great news for Hull. It will provide reassurance to a significant number of properties that are at risk of flooding, and on top of that the strengthened defences will open up the river corridor for new development, regeneration and economic growth."

He added that the body will now consult over some of the more complex elements of the work with river users, the city council, local businesses and affected landowners.

Floods minister Therese Coffey said Hull is an "important" cultural city - a nod to its status as UK City of Culture next year - and said another £86 million will be spent by 2021 to provide protection for over 50,000 more homes in the Humber Estuary area.

It is not just in Hull that work is set to be carried out this autumn on repairing existing flood defences.

Work is now beginning in the Northumberland village of Skinningrove to fix its flood defences after damage was sustained in storms last year.

The development of the village's defence system included the automatic lowering of the bridge parapets at Zetland Row at the push of a button, which enables the floodgates to be closed more quickly.

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