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Copeland MP welcomes million pound boost for flood defence

Trudy Harrison MP

[T]he MP for Copeland has today welcomed an announcement that will see Egremont benefit from a share of £40m extra funding to protect homes against flooding.

£1.6 million will be invested in the Skirting Beck defence improvements scheme at Egremont, which will see three new flood storage areas created in addition to the upsizing of culverts, reducing the flood risk to the area and protecting 220 residential properties.

Trudy Harrison MP said the additional funding will help to protect hundreds of homes against the effects of flooding.

Mrs Harrison, said: “I absolutely welcome this good news announcement which will help to protect hundreds of homes against the effects of flooding.

“Only last year, our communities saw yet more evidence of the devastation flooding can bring. I am determined to help our towns and villages be better prepared and have efficient flood prevention measures in place.”

In total, 13 flood schemes will benefit from the £40 million of additional funding which will unlock flood defence schemes and help support economic growth and regeneration in areas that have suffered from flooding in recent years.

The new funding for flood defences in the north of England adds to the £3.4 billion already invested into the Northern Powerhouse to build a more prosperous and inclusive economy.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “This extra funding for flood defences will unlock schemes that will better protect thousands of homes and businesses against flooding, supporting regeneration in important towns and villages in the north and coastal communities.

“It will boost our resilience as a nation and help our communities to grow and prosper.

“The north of England is a hotbed of culture, innovation and growth and this multi-million investment in flood schemes will help protect more than 2,700 homes and businesses from flooding.

“The defences will also enhance the environment and bolster economic growth as part of our commitment to better protect 300,000 homes from flooding by 2021.

“Over the past three years, the Environment Agency has completed more than 400 new flood schemes to better protect more than 142,000 homes. In addition to building hard defences, it has improved its response by investing in new technology and equipment like temporary flood barriers, pumps and 6,500 trained staff across the country.”

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