Major Humber flood defence boost

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Published: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Flood defence projects around the Humber Estuary are set to have £80 million spent on them as part of a nationwide scheme unveiled by the Treasury.

The announcement comes almost exactly a year after a tidal surge damaged around 1,000 properties along the banks of the Humber.

Around the country, some 1,400 projects will be receiving a share of the £2.3 billion, with 300,000 homes benefiting from the improved defences.

Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said the large expenditure was a response to the destruction and heartache caused by last year’s floods as well as a defence against climate change.

The money has been specifically earmarked for some of the country’s most at-risk areas, with the Humber Estuary qualifying because of its strong tides and low-lying surroundings.

Other areas to be allocated some of the funding include the Thames Estuary, which has been given £196 million.

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Published: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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