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South Yorkshire flood defence funds ‘inadequate’

South Yorkshire flood defence funds 'inadequate'

South Yorkshire flood defence funds ‘inadequate’

City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis has branded Government funds allocated for flood defence and prevention measures in South Yorkshire as ‘inadequate’.

He has suggested that a second wave of financial intervention is necessary to protect the county and prevent disasters.

So far, ministers have given £16 million to the Sheffield City Region to bolster flood defences.

Works costing around £6m are also being carried out by the Environment Agency in Doncaster to repair damaged to a 40m stretch of riverbank caused by floods last November.

But the county needs funding worth at least £270m to make a real impact, the mayor has said.

Last November’s floods devastated almost 1,000 homes and 565 businesses across South Yorkshire.

Doncaster was particularly badly affected after the River Don burst its banks following a huge deluge of rain.

Plans have been drawn up for a Infrastructure Resilience Flood Priority Programme.

But, it would requite around £271 million of investment in order to protect over 2,800 businesses, 10,300 homes and avoid a around £1.7bn in future damages.

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