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UK Prime Minister announces more than £40m for flood defences

Staff writer |
UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a package of more than £40m to rebuild and improve flood defences in the aftermath of Storm Eva.

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And he pledged the government would support charities helping those caught up in the Boxing Day deluge by matching every pound of the first £2m raised.

The cash takes investment in recovery from Storm Eva and Storm Desmond to nearly £200m.

The package is now set to be extended with grants to reimburse fire and rescue authorities that have incurred excessive costs protecting flooded communities.

The Prime Minister announced £10m of the new funding package would be reserved to improve the Foss Barrier protecting York, which was overwhelmed at the height of Storm Eva.

The other £30m will be spent repairing defences on the Wharfe, Calder, Aire, Ouse and Derwent. It will include repairs to pumping and barriers and clearing blockages in rivers.

Further detailed work will be conducted along all rivers affected by Storm Eva – and it is very likely the overall bill will top £40m once the full damage is identified.

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