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Scheme marks tenth anniversary of floods

To mark the tenth anniversary of the 2007 floods that caused such havoc and devastation throughout Hull and East Yorkshire, including Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City Councils are to host an official opening ceremony tomorrow for the Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme, which was completed last year.

The scheme, completed in partnership with the Environment Agency, will reduce the risk of flooding for around 8,000 properties within areas of East Riding and the City of Hull.

The £14 million Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (WaDFAS) consists of a series of terraced lagoons that are designed to hold back up to 232,000 cubic metres of water in the event of a flood.

Jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA), the project was completed in two stages. The first was a series of drainage works, including the installation of larger pipe work and gullies, by local contractor Wright Civil Engineering Ltd and the second was the excavation of the lagoons by Balfour Beatty.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Councillor Mike Thompson, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, communities and environment at Hull City Council, will visit the Derringham site to see the finished scheme.

Councillor Parnaby said: “WaDFAS is one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in East Yorkshire and was commended by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

“Memories of the devastating floods of 2007 are still very much in people’s minds and reducing the risk of flooding is always a high priority for residents. Both councils take their responsibilities in tackling this issue seriously and WaDFAS is one of many schemes, completed and planned, that will provide communities with a little bit more peace of mind.

“The opening ceremony for WaDFAS marks the completion of one scheme and the start of two more, which will collectively reduce the impact of flooding to some 15,000 properties in East Riding and the City of Hull.”