Flood Re welcomes additional Government funding for flood defences

Flood Re welcomes the Government’s announcement that over £62 million in funding will be awarded to 13 projects to improve flood defences across Yorkshire, Cumbria, the North East and the South East of England.

These projects should provide protection for more than 9,000 homes, many of which are in communities which suffered from flooding during winter 2015.

Andy Bord, Chief Executive of Flood Re, said:

“Flood defences are essential to giving those who live in high-risk areas peace of mind that they are protected from the worst effects of flooding. Our recently commissioned research also found that defences are a sensible financial decision, saving the UK £1.1 billion a year.1

“We therefore welcome the Government’s announcement of an additional £62m to improve flood defences across the country.

“Alongside this, the Government should continue to encourage take-up of resilience measures for homes in high-flood risk areas to reduce the upheaval for affected families when flooding does occur.”