WORK UNDERWAY ON £42M FLOOD DEFENCE SCHEME FOR HULL
Construction work has been started on the £42m flood defence scheme which is designed to protect thousands of homes and businesses in Hull.
Dr Therese Coffey, who is leading the project, visited the city recently to mark the start of work on the Environment Agency’s Humber: Hull Frontage Flood Defence Improvements.
The height of defences will be raised along more than four miles of the Humber foreshore, from St Andrew’s Quay and Victoria Dock Village, As part of the £42m project.
The scheme is designed to better protect 113,000 properties from tidal flooding, providing a one in 200-year standard of protection.
Dr Coffey said: “Flooding and coastal erosion can have awful consequences for people, businesses and the environment, which is why Defra has invested £153m in improving flood defences in Hull and East Yorkshire since 2010. I look forward to seeing work continue to ensure coastal communities are better protected, not abandoned.”
Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, added: “Our dedicated flood risk team has been absolutely instrumental in understanding the risks posed to Hull and has worked closely with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and the East Riding of Yorkshire in a combined effort to try to address the real threat of flooding, as proactively as possible.
“This investment will ensure Hull can continue to play its role as a strategic economic driver for the Humber region.”