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Temporary defences at

Vodafone in Leeds and at BT in

York, preventing the loss of com-

munications across Yorkshire

When working on such an in-

tense flood recovery programme

we need to ensure we engage

with local communities. We held

an exhibition in York at the end of

May about the Foss Barrier and

showed communities how to im-

prove their resilience. Our repair

work at the Foss Barrier contin-

ues, including an upgrade to the

pumping station. We’ve already

installed three temporary pumps

and eight new, permanent pumps

with a greater capacity are due to

be installed in August and will be

fully functioning by winter.

We also worked with St. John’s University in York to

engage with the 15,000 strong student population in

York, many of whom live in flood risk areas.

We intend to keep up the momentum, delivering

flood schemes, collecting data about flooding and build-

ing links with communities.

£36.5 million flood scheme begins in Hull

Repairs to defences will provide ongoing protection

to 63,000 properties

The project will repair defences on the River Hull that

are aged and dilapidated

The Environment Agency is launching a major flood

defence scheme in Hull after securing £36.5 million in

Government funding.

Work will begin this autumn on repairing flood de-

fences that lie within a 7.5 km stretch of the River Hull,

helping to protect 63,000 properties in the city.

Some 39 riverside locations along the river have been

identified as having defences that are in need of repair.

These have aged or deteriorated over time, posing a risk

of flooding when river levels are high.

As part of the first phase of the project, the

Environment Agency will repair damaged flood walls

and other weak spots to ensure that the existing level

of protection will be provided for years to come.

Initial surveying and construction work will start in

autumn this year. The first phase of the project will be

complete by 2019, and additional phases of work will


Neil Longden, flood risk manager at the Environment

Agency, 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 strength-

ened defences will open up the river corridor for new

development, regeneration and economic growth.”

“The River Hull Defences scheme is a large and com-

plex project. We are working closely with landowners,

businesses, river users and Hull City Council to develop

the design and the works programme.”

This £36.5m scheme is just the start of major flood

defence improvements we are making in the area - and

by 2021 we will invest a further £86m into the estuary

reducing the risk of flooding for more than 50,000


Defences along the River Hull currently provide a

1-in-200 year protection, meaning that the defences

reduce the risk of flooding to a 0.5% chance in any one


The River Hull is also pro-

tected from tidal flooding by

the Hull Tidal Surge Barrier,

which is located at the con-

fluence of the River Hull and

the River Humber. During

high tides and storm surges,

the barrier is lowered to pre-

vent tidal waters flowing back

up the river.

Environment Agency

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