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Environment Agency plans to release £20M flood defence funding early

The Environment Agency yesterday announced that flood defence projects in England could benefit from £20M of funding to be brought forward one year.

The move is estimated to benefit 27,000 properties with new or improved flood risk protection available from next year. The agency also said the funding would boost the economy through job creation and critical infrastructure investment.

“We welcome the government’s commitment to increase total funding for flood risk management to £2.15bn over the next three years," said Environment Agency chief executive Paul Leinster. "Climate change will mean that the number of people at high risk from flooding could rise from 1.5M to 3.5M by 2080 and we need to do everything we can to protect homes and communities.”

The final approval for the projects will be determined in February 2009, following feasibility studies and planning applications.

Schemes that have been given the provisional go-ahead to commence work in 2009/10 include:

  • A flood risk management plan for Sheffield

  • Improvements to sea defences in Deal, Kent - the scheme will provide substantially increased protection to over 3,600 homes

  • The construction of two pumping stations and a replacement of a tidal sluice in Barking and Dagenham in London

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