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Floods: Cleethorpes

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to prevent flooding in Cleethorpes constituency; and what plans he has for additional steps to be taken. (176865)

The Environment Agency has been developing a long-term strategy for the management of tidal flood risk around the Humber estuary over the next 100 years. This strategy has recently been completed and will be launched on 7 March 2008.

The Environment Agency has completed a number of improvements to flood defences in the last five years in advance of the aforementioned strategy. This includes improvement works to the concrete defences at Stallingborough in 2002 at a cost of £2.2 million, improvements to the earth embankments at Barton on Humber in 2005 at a cost of £3.4 million and new pumps and electrics at Butts Road Pumping Station in 2007 at a cost of £0.165 million.

In 2007, the Environment Agency commissioned a system of flood warning sirens in the Grimsby and North Cleethorpes area. These will be sounded if the Environment Agency issues a ‘severe flood warning’ for extreme tidal conditions.