Prime Minister David Cameron announced today a £40 million package to rebuild and improve flood defences in the aftermath of Storm Eva.
And he promised that the government would match every pound of the first £2 million raised by charities assisting those affected by the Boxing Day deluge.
The money brings the total investment in storm recovery from Storm Eva and Storm Desmond to nearly £200 million.
Grants to reimburse fire and rescue authorities who have incurred excessive costs protecting flooded communities are now set to be added to the package.
“I have seen firsthand the devastation caused by flooding,” Prime Minister David Cameron said. That is why the work to repair and improve flood defences is so important.
“As part of our £2.3 billion investment to protect 300,000 homes across the country, we are already spending £280 million over the next six years to protect thousands of houses in Yorkshire from flooding.”
“However, more than £40 million will now be spent to repair those defences that have been overwhelmed by the record rainfall we’ve seen in recent weeks and to make them more resilient to future bad weather.”
The Prime Minister announced that £10 million of the new funding package would be set aside to improve the Foss Barrier, which was overwhelmed during Storm Eva.
The remaining £30 million will be used to repair defences along the Wharfe, Calder, Aire, Ouse, and Derwent rivers. It will include pumping and barrier repairs, as well as river clearing.
More detailed work will be carried out along all rivers affected by Storm Eva, and the overall bill is expected to exceed £40 million once the full extent of the damage is determined.
The announcement of matched funding for charities follows a similar pledge made in the aftermath of Storm Desmond to community foundations in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Storm-affected areas: Applications Eva can be created by any registered charity that is currently running a flood relief fundraising appeal to benefit affected areas.
Yorkshire’s flood response will be overseen by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, who has been appointed by the Prime Minister as the county’s Flooding Envoy.
Flooding Minister Rory Stewart’s role as envoy for Cumbria, Lancashire, and Northumberland will be supplemented by Robert Goodwill’s role.
Robert Goodwill has been tasked as a Ministerial Flood Recovery Envoy for Yorkshire with: – understanding the impact of flooding in affected areas, particularly weaknesses exposed – tracking progress toward recovery and reporting directly to the Prime Minister – assessing the effectiveness of multi-agency joint working in affected areas (for both response and recovery)
- identifying key takeaways
Robert Goodwill and Rory Stewart will report to the Flood Recovery Committee, which will be chaired by Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
“As a Yorkshireman, I am determined to do everything I can to help protect communities in this area from the devastation that flooding can cause,” Robert Goodwill said. This is about ensuring that people receive the assistance they require as they repair their homes and rebuild their businesses.”