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Extra 2.5m for Yorkshire and Humber flood defences

Floods in Catcliffe
Thousands of people were forced out of their homes by flooding in 2007

An extra £2.5m has been earmarked for major schemes to tackle flooding in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The Environment Agency said the region had been allocated £58m of government funds compared to £55.5m last year.

Flood protection schemes in Leeds, Wakefield, Hull, Swinefleet, Brough and Stainforth near Doncaster are among those that will benefit from the money.

Phil Younge, from the agency, said continued investment in flood protection was "crucial".

Mr Younge said the extra cash was "excellent news".

'Be prepared'

He added: "The 2007 floods cost homeowners, businesses, emergency services and others some £3.2bn.

"The high costs of flooding underline the importance of continued investment in reducing flood risk, particularly in the face of the more frequent and heavy storms and rising sea levels that will come with climate change.

"Whilst continued investment is crucial, flooding cannot always be prevented so communities must also take responsibility for being prepared - for example by signing up to the Environment Agency's free flood warning service."

Some £3.3m of the money will go towards the continuing flood protection work at Ings Beck in Wakefield.

Motorway protection

The Environment Agency will also spend £500,000 to progress plans for £149m flood defences in Leeds.

Plans for the defences, which the agency says would be the largest UK inland flood defence scheme to date, are still being drawn up.

They would protect about 4,500 homes and businesses in the city centre.

Some £350,000 will be spent on flood protection at Burstwick in Hull, which was severely flooded in June 2007.

Money will be spent on continuing refurbishment work on the Hull Tidal Barrier and a scheme to protect homes in Swinefleet, near Goole, and Brough.

A scheme at Stainforth, near Doncaster, which will reduce the risk of flooding to the M18 motorway and the Doncaster to Hull railway line, will also benefit.

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