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Flood Control: West Sussex

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the value of assets at risk from flooding in Selsey over the next 20 years; and what probability assessment is attached to the estimate. (200158)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: There are currently 1,028 residential properties at risk of flooding between Pagham and East Head, which have an estimated total asset value (based upon work completed to date) of around £250 million. Due to sea level rise, this figure is expected to increase to 1,230 properties by 2028. This equates to an estimated value of £300 million in 2028 at today’s prices.

The existing defences at Selsey East Beach currently provide protection against a one in 200 year storm and it is expected that these will remain in place for at least the next 20 years.