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Flood risk reduction target exceeded

Flood risk to 182,000 households in England is lower today than it was in 2008, exceeding the government’s target by 37,000 homes, the Environment Agency reported today.

Some 62,000 of these households were in high risk areas, the Agency said in its latest flood and coastal erosion risk management, published today.

In April 2008 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs set the Agency a target of moving 145,000 households to a lower flood risk category. Floods minister Richard Benyon said he was “determined to see this progress continued”.

More than 300 flood defence schemes across the country were completed or upgraded in the past three years by the Environment Agency, local authorities and internal drainage boards. Some of the biggest projects included a £38M scheme to protect 3,500 households in Carlisle, a £10M refurbishment of the Hull Tidal Barrier and a £1.1M sea defence between Seasalter and Graveney in Kent.

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