Flooding Summit update
It’s great news that flood defence projects in our constituency will benefit from almost £6.5million of investment over the next year, and builds on the work ongoing work from my flooding summit meeting earlier this year which sought to prioritise schemes in our area.
The Government is investing £5.2billion in flood and coastal defences over the next six years to better protect 336,000 properties. About 1,000 schemes in England are targeting during the first year – including eight in North East Cambridgeshire. They are Needham & Laddus Culvert Replacement £230,000; Ouse Washes Reservoir Section 10 Works £5,138,272; Hostmoor Avenue Watercourse Flood Alleviation Scheme in March £28,839; Tydd St Giles Pipe Lining £25,000; Mouth Lane Pumping Station Refurbishment £85,000; works arising from the Littleport and Downham Integrated Drainage Board Strategy £20,000; Middle Level Commissioners Bank Raising Scheme £900,000; and River Delph Improvements £60,000.
Residents who have suffered from flooding know how traumatising it can be and this investment is very welcome to ensure we maintain a focus on this issue. DEFRA is also due to set out further action to improve the access and availability of flood insurance for those at risk. We have seen the devastating impact of flooding at locations around the world in recent months so it’s important we take action now to reduce the risk. I will continue to work with local stakeholders including our drainage boards, Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland and East Cambs District Councils and Anglian Water to highlight the need for further action locally to support those homes most affected.