City of York Five-Year Plan on the Table

A new five-year plan to better protect the City of York against flooding has been announced, Thursday 17 November.

The Environment Agency plan sets out options to reduce the risk of flooding to 2,000 properties across 10 York communities over the next five years.

It looks at a range of potential flood reduction measures including; the creation of storage areas, increasing pumping capacity, raising and building new walls, raising land and building embankments.

Following the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015 which affected over 600 properties in York, the government committed £45 million to reduce flood risk and increase resilience to at least 2,000 properties at risk and keep the city open for business during major floods.

Tony Andryszewski, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency said: “We have listened to what residents and businesses were saying to us back in May and we are now sharing our outline plans at an exhibition on 25 and 26 November at Hotel 53 in York.”

The Environment Agency will begin consultation with key partners and community groups on the development of this longer-term plan to manage flood risk across York in April next year.

The public exhibition will take place from 12 midday to 7pm on Friday, 25 November, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 26 November, at the Hotel 53 Piccadilly, York.

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