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Regional flood defences boosted by £62m fund

The government will invest £62m in developing existing defences in an attempt to boost regeneration in areas previously affected by flooding.

In total, 13 areas will benefit from the funding, including seven in Yorkshire, four in Cumbria and Lancashire and two in the North-east.

A total of £19m is set to go to Calder Valley for flood prevention schemes at Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Bridghouse, which were hit by the 2015/16 flooding in the aftermath of Storm Desmond, which left more than 3,000 properties damaged.

A joint venture comprised of Atkins, Royal Boskalis Westminster and VolkerStevin has been appointed to the Mytholmroyd flood prevention scheme.

The first phase of works was completed in February and included the installation of a footbridge and flood walls.

Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd said: “This extra funding will help us get even further in our mission to better protect communities up and down the country from the terrible effects of flooding.

“We will work closely with these communities to design and build projects, which not only reduce flood risk, but also benefit wildlife and the local economy for decades to come.”

Since April 2015, the Environment Agency has constructed over 500 flood and coastal erosion schemes.

Work is due to begin on the Hedben Bridge and Brighouse schemes next year.

Project Location Funding (£m)
Lincoln Defences Lincolnshire 1.2
Stokesley Flood Alleviation Scheme North Yorkshire 1.8
Marton West Beck – Middlesbrough North Yorkshire 1.8
Shonks Mill Flood Storage Area (River Roding Project) Essex 5.1
Preston and South Ribble Lancashire 15.8
Sowerby Bridge West Yorkshire 1.7
Tadcaster Flood Alleviation Scheme North Yorkshire 9.0
Kendal Cumbria 5.0
Egremont Cumbria 1.6
Flimby Cumbria 0.4
Mytholmroyd West Yorkshire 3.0
Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire 11.0
Brighouse West Yorkshire 5.0

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