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Floods: West Midlands

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what analysis her Department has made of the risk of flooding in the West Midlands; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency has undertaken detailed flood risk analysis for the West Midlands. Flood risk information is available under ‘check flood risk’ on the website. This information includes specific climate change forecasts for each catchment. There are nearly 30,000 properties at risk of flooding from rivers across the West Midlands with many of these rivers being culverted or underground in cities. Surface water flooding is also a significant challenge in urban areas.

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