Flood Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has (a) taken and (b) plans to take as a result of the floods of 2015-16 to prevent further flooding across the UK.

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

In 2016, we completed 130 new flood schemes, protecting over 55,000 households. Of the 660 repair projects undertaken to reinstate defences damaged last winter, 99% have been restored with a contingency plan in place for the one remaining defence.

In September we published the National Flood Resilience Review which tested our understanding of the fluvial and coastal flood risk in England and assessed the resilience of key local infrastructure to that risk. As part of the review we have committed to investing £12.5 million for temporary flood defences and have purchased an additional 20 miles of temporary barriers, bringing the total up to 25 miles located in 7 strategic depots alongside 250 pumps and 500,000 sandbags.

We have been working with utility companies to improve resilience planning for infrastructure and the water and telecoms sectors have committed to increase flood protection of key local infrastructure to extreme flooding. We extended the Flood Warning Service to cover more communities and simplified the process for requesting military assistance. Last October we launched the Property Level Resilience Action Plan on how householders can protect their homes from flooding.

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