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£5 million to support innovative flood defence schemes

Thirteen communities across the country will benefit from a £5 million fund to come up with innovative projects that will better protect homes and businesses from the risk of flooding, Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today.

The scheme is aimed at protecting communities where flooding is a major problem and the projects will be required to demonstrate that they can reduce the levels of flood risk in measurable ways. This will give residents evidence about flood risk that could be taken into account by insurers and result in lower premiums.

The projects are funded by the Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder scheme launched by Defra in December 2012.

Announcing the funding, Mr Benyon said:

“We want to help local communities do more to protect their homes and possessions from the risk of flooding. The Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Scheme will enable communities to find simple, effective ways to minimise their flood risk, improve their levels of preparedness, and build confidence and increased peace of mind.

“All together with money from local communities and business raised through our successful partnership funding scheme, over £2.3 billion is being spent to protect people from flooding. This is more money than ever before, and we are on course to better protect 165,000 homes by 2015.”

Pathfinder projects are designed to complement other flood risk management work already taking place, or planned for the future, to further alleviate the risk of flooding.

One of the largest projects is in Calderdale, where 1000 people will be protected from flood risk, because volunteers will monitor rivers and lakes so that higher levels of water can be drained safely to avoid flooding. Defra has contributed £310,000 to this project with a further £215,000 raised through partnership funding from the Council, local businesses and a community trust. The project partnership also includes organisations with regional interests like the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and the Canal & River Trust.

The following Local Authorities will be receiving funding: Blackburn, Buckinghamshire, Calderdale, Cornwall, Devon, Liverpool, Northamptonshire, Rochdale, Slough, Southampton, Swindon, Warwickshire and West Sussex.

by S. C.
26 march 2013, World News > Europe

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