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Hull to review emergency plans in aftermath of floods

Flood stricken Hull will review its emergency plan following the recent floods, which affected 23,000 homes in the city.

Some homes will be uninhabitable for a year.

Hull City Council has appointed a local university professor to chair a review of the city’s response to the floods. He is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Hull Tom Coulthard.

“A lot of the flooding was due to the drainage issue – that is unquestionable as no bank protection was overtopped,” he said.

“Infrastructure in Hull is Victorian and the city very flat. Some areas of the city are pumped. Part of the investigation will be to see if there can be anything to help with this,” he said.

Unofficial figures compiled by Hull University researchers show 117mm of rain fell on Hull in 24 hours between 25 and 26 June. This exceeded measurements in Sheffield. Emergency plans were introduced after one hour of heavy rain.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged £14M has been pledged to deal with the immediate aftermath of the floods, particularly in, Rotherham Chesterfield and Hull.

Local Authorities can claim 100% of their emergency expenses – they can normally claim only 85% from the Department for Communities & Local Government

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