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Flooding: St Albans

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of the risk of flooding in St Albans constituency;

(2) what recent steps have been taken by the Environment Agency to reduce the risk of flooding in St Albans constituency.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency's latest flood zone maps identify that approximately 1,400 properties are at significant risk of flooding from local river systems within the St Albans constituency.

The Environment Agency is in contact with St Albans district council to identify surface water and flooding alleviation options for its local watercourse systems. If any viable schemes can be identified, these will be included as funding bids under a future works programme.

The Environment Agency is also liaising with Hertfordshire county council to establish a prioritised programme of works to address surface water flooding as identified by its surface water management plans.

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