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A step closer to improved flood defences for York

Environment Agency

10:56am 9th July 2012
(Updated 11:04am 9th July 2012)

The Environment Agency has submitted a planning application to build the £3.2million flood defence scheme for the Water End and Leeman Road area of York.

The scheme will reduce the flood risk to more than 400 homes and businesses in the area.

The application, which includes plans to raise the height of the existing Leeman Road defences, has been submitted to York City Council today (Friday 6 July).

The plans also include the building of a new wall along a section of Water End and provision to use temporary demountable defences that can be put up quickly across Landing Lane.
The scheme has been jointly funded by City of York Council, which has already committed £1m towards the scheme, and the Environment Agency.

Environment Agency project manager Helen Tattersdale said:

“This is the final hurdle before we can start construction, which is due to begin later this year.

“We have worked closely with Northern Power Grid on the plans to move a high voltage power cable in the area. We will make sure our works are carried out with the minimum of disruption to local residents.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank local residents and business owners for all their interest and involvement in helping us develop the scheme, it will be a significant boost to everyone in the area once the new defences are in place.”

The Leeman Road and Water End area has a long history of localised flooding from the River Ouse and flood defences were built in the early 1980s to reduce the risk to hundreds of properties. Severe flooding along the Ouse occurred in 2000 and the existing defences were nearly overtopped, with sandbags being needed to add height to the defences to prevent flooding to nearby homes and businesses. The flood risk is likely to increase with climate change.

Surface water also contributes to the flooding of the area and, during extreme conditions, pumps have been needed to keep the water levels down.

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