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Floods: Infrastructure

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of critical infrastructure is situated in flood risk areas; and what proposals he has to ensure the future safety of this infrastructure. (170519)

The Environment Agency has identified nearly 5,000 sites in areas in England and Wales assessed by the agency as having an annual probability of flooding of 1 in 75 or greater.

The 14 categories of assets include power stations, sewage and water treatment works and schools. On the data currently available, the Environment Agency identifies 12.2 per cent. of these as being situated within the extreme flood outline.