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Marking tenth anniversary of devastating floods

The Leconfield Flood Alleviation Scheme is one of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s completed projects – Cllr Symon Fraser, centre, is pictured with, right, Mike Huzzard, deputy chairman of Leconfield Parish Council, and, from left, East Riding of Yorkshire Council engineers Sarah Hetherington, Russell Towse, Steve Charlton and Richard Lewis.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating floods which affected the lives of thousands of residents across the East Riding and Hull.

On June 25th 2007, following days of heavy rainfall on already saturated ground, a downpour led to a deluge never seen before in the area.

More than 7,000 homes and businesses were evacuated, millions of pounds worth of damage was caused, and emergency services and council staff worked around the clock to help those affected and try to prevent further damage.

In the 10 years since the major incident, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has completed a series of projects aimed at reducing the risk of further flooding to local communities.

So far more than £50million has been invested in flood related works across the East Riding. More than 100 schemes have been delivered to date, ranging from small drainage improvements costing £1,000 to large flood alleviation schemes costing millions.

The completed schemes have so far included:

  • The construction of the UK’s longest glass tidal defence barrier in Paull, as part of a major tidal defence scheme which will be completed this year.
  • A £13million scheme to create a number of lagoons in Willerby and Derringham, designed to hold back up to 232,000 cubic metres of water during heavy rainfall, to protect 8,000 properties.
  • The creation of a new watercourse in Leconfield, costing £500,000, to divert the flow of water around the north of the village during heavy rainfall.
  • The construction of a 180m-long flood wall to prevent overland flood water from Beverley Westwood reaching nearby homes.
  • The building of a new £70,000 pumping station in Stamford Bridge to pump flood water into the River Derwent.
  • An £80,000 scheme in Long Riston to divert overland flood water into an existing ditch.
  • The installation of a new trash screen and headwall in Bridlington to prevent debris from entering and blocking the Gypsey Race.

The council has also installed remote monitoring equipment at more than 80 locations across the East Riding to measure water levels and flow rates as part of an early warning system. And a series of Flood Risk Management Plans are being developed to help identify further potential flood alleviation schemes.

By 2020 East Riding of Yorkshire Council will complete three further major flood alleviation schemes costing more than £47million to help protect five further areas:

  • Cottingham and Orchard Park – A £20million scheme to create nine water storage lagoons.
  • Anlaby and East Ella – A £22million scheme to create a water storage lagoon, culvert and watercourse.
  • Pocklington – Subject to funding and planning, a £5million scheme to construct a large flood bund to store potential flood water before it reaches the town centre.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “Since the 2007 floods the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has done a massive amount of work along with partner agencies to make sure that the risks of this event being repeated are minimised.

“I’m pleased we have been able to complete so many schemes and we will continue to work on further flood alleviation to help protect our communities for the future.”

The council has worked on the schemes with various partners including Hull City Council, the Environment Agency, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Yorkshire Water, and local flood action groups, and has received funding from the Government, through the Flood Defence Grant In Aid, and from the European Regional Development Fund to help towards many of the schemes.