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Hull to review emergency plans in aftermath of floods

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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 Tom Coulthard, a professor of physical geography at the University of Hull, to chair a review of the city's response to the floods. 'A lot of the flooding was due to the drainage issue - that is unquestionable as no bank protection was over-topped, ' Coulthard said.

'Infrastructure in Hull is Victorian and the city very flat. Drainage in some areas of the city is pumped. Part of the investigation will be to see if there can be anything to help with this, ' Coulthard added.

Unofcial gures compiled by Hull University researchers show that 117mm of rain fell on Hull in the 24 hours between 25 and 26 June.

This exceeded measurements in Shef ld. Emergency plans were introduced after one hour of heavy rain.

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

Local authorities can claim 100% of their emergency expenses. Usually they can only claim 85% from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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