Multi-million pound flood defences funding for Leeds

DECEMBER 2015: Flooding in the Wharfe Valley at Otley.
DECEMBER 2015: Flooding in the Wharfe Valley at Otley.
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A wave of Government funding will be allocated to protect homes and roads in Leeds from flooding, the Chancellor is expected to announce today.

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that Chancellor Phillip Hammond will this lunchtime outline £2m for a scheme to shore up houses in Otley, during his Autumn Statement spending plan.

Funding is also expected to be announced for improvements to strengthen roads in Leeds at risk of flooding.


It comes just days after Storm Angus struck and firefighters rescued a person trapped in their vehicle in Otley, as parts of Yorkshire were hit by heavy rainfall on Monday.

The town was also badly affected by the Boxing Day floods last year which caused devastation to homes and businesses across Leeds as the River Aire burst is banks.

In Otley, the new flood defence scheme to protect homes is expected to be completed in 2020. The YEP understands the funding is part of a £170m Government package for new flood defences across the country.

It is the next allocation of a £700m funding pot announced in March.

Other expected announcements include £1.7m to protect homes in Doncaster, and £10m for railways in Manchester city centre.

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