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Flood Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made in trends in breaches of flood defences over the last 15 years.

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

Environment Agency managed flood defence assets include walls, embankments, demountable barriers, bridge abutments, gates and quays, semi-natural structures such as dunes and beaches, pumping stations, bridges, weirs, sluices, outfalls and conveyance maintenance on 39,000 km of channels and culverts.

There have been 12 recorded breaches over the last 15 years, primarily associated with large scale flood events in 2007 and 2012, making it difficult to determine any trends.

The vast majority of flood defences in England have performed as expected during floods and protected many thousands of homes.

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