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Yorkshire will be better protected from floods with £17m upgrade

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Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announces new state of the art pumps for York's Foss Barrier - providing a 66% increase in capacity.

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The Foss Barrier will be able to process an Olympic size swimming pool worth of water in just 50 seconds – a 66% increase in capacity - thanks to the installation of new state of the art pumps, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced.

The pumps form part of a £17 million upgrade to York’s key flood defence, which includes ongoing work to raise the pumping room next year.

Eight new pumps will be in place by mid-October, increasing the barrier’s capacity to 40 cubic metres per second, up from 30.

This means York will be assured protection from flooding should rivers rise to the record levels seen last winter. The barrier’s capacity will be further increased to 50 cubic metres per second next year, following upgrades to the power supply.

In addition to the upgrade of the barrier, the government will spend £45 million on improving flood defences in York over the next 5 years - to better protect over 2,000 properties.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: "The flooding of the Foss Barrier became a focal point of last winter’s devastating floods and I am delighted to see it strengthened ahead of this winter, with £17 million invested, so our great city of York is better protected than ever before.

"Of course we can’t stop the rain falling and rivers rising, but I want people to be assured we are doing everything we can to keep our communities as safe as possible.

"That’s why we’re investing £400 million in flood defence schemes across Yorkshire, up until 2021, to better protect homes and families."

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