More money to stop flooding

Flooding Agbrigg Rd
Flooding Agbrigg Rd

NEARLY £200,000 has been made available to help address an increasing flood risk in the city.

The Government will provide an extra £192,000 a year starting in this financial year to protect Wakefield from falling foul to devastating floods such as in the summer of 2007 when thousands of residents suffered.

Wakefield Council has already secured around £5m of developer funding, local levy funding and a grant from DEFRA to help bolster flood defences.

But a report which will go before the council’s Community Safety Overview and Scrutiny committee on Monday said climate change and new developments could bring an increased flood risk in the future.

The report said: “The risk of flooding is predicted to increase in the future due to climate change and development in areas of risk.

“Flooding has a devastating impact on communities.

“It is hoped that the work carried out by the council will continue to reduce the risk of flooding.

“In the future partnerships with other risk management authorities and local communities will hopefully increase the work that can be carried out.”

Last year a major £1.4m flooding project protecting 400 homes was completed in Agbrigg, where around 400 homes were flooded in June 2007.

A £1.44m scheme to reinforce flood protection at Newmillerdam was also completed last February.