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£100k flood plan for Pickering now under way
12:44pm Wednesday 2nd May 2012 in Ryedale news
Pickering residents look set to benefit from a £100,000 scheme to protect their homes from flooding.
The scheme – funded by Ryedale District Council, the Environment Agency and the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee’s Local Levy fund – provides flood barriers for up to 29 properties in the town.
Work has already started on the scheme with surveys being carried out on flood-hit properties in Pickering.
In addition to the flood barriers on individual properties, work including non-return valves for drainage pipes and repointing work will be carried out on homes in a bid to boost defences.
Coun Linda Cowling, chairman of Ryedale District Council’s commissioning board, said: “The domestic property flood resilience scheme is a partnership effort to try to help Pickering residents affected by flooding.
“Once the work has been carried out, 29 properties in Pickering will have greater protection from the extensive damage caused by flooding.”
Coun Arthur Barker, chairman of the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, said: “The committee is delighted to be able to support this project in Pickering.
“It is essential people are prepared to deal with floods when they happen and property level protection can be incredibly successful.
Hopefully this funding will go some way to reducing the misery that flooding can cause in Pickering.”
The Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee raises money for its Local Levy from local authorities. It is designed to fund a programme of flood reduction and resilience schemes that are important to the region.