New flood defences given green light
Schemes that could protect 25,000 homes from flooding have been given the go-ahead.
The 60 new flood and coastal risk schemes will begin in the new financial year and will provide peace of mind, and potentially cheaper home insurance, to households previously at risk of flooding in areas such as Warrington, Cheshire, and Salmons Brook, London.
The Cheshire scheme will protect 1,900 homes, while 1,300 households in Salmons Brook will be better protected from the risk of flooding. Another scheme given the green light will shield 300 homes from a flood threat in Cambridgeshire.
The announcement of the new schemes was made by Defra and the Environment Agency.
Defra is providing £3.3 million funding for a new flood scheme in Cockermouth, Cumbria, which is also being funded by local communities and councils.
The Environment Agency claims the latest schemes put it on track to exceed plans to improve protection from flooding for 145,000 homes by 2015.
The minister for the natural environment and fisheries, Richard Benyon, said: "The new flood defence schemes will bring huge relief to tens of thousands of households. Our investment will protect these communities from the devastating effects of flooding, and allow residents to live without the fear and worry of their homes being damaged."
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