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Floods: South East

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the incidence and severity of flooding in the south east of England. (267819)

The Government provided £132 million to the Thames and Southern Regions of the Environment Agency in 2008-09 in order to reduce the incidence and severity of flooding in the south east of England. The funding for these regions is to increase to £151 million for 2009-10.

The funding enables the Environment Agency to maintain and improve the flood defences and the Thames Barrier protecting London, and many other projects both inland and protecting the coastline around the south-east of England.

Over the current CSR period of 2008-09 to 2010-11, over 36 major projects will be completed in Thames Region alone, at a cost of £87 million. These will deliver further benefits and reduce flood risk to over 67,000 homes.

Within Romford itself, the Environment Agency will continue to carry out routine watercourse maintenance on Main Rivers in the River Rom catchment to reduce the risk of flooding. This includes vegetation control, blockage removal and incident response.

Several improvement measures are planned for the Cross Road Flood Storage Area at Collier Row, Romford, during 2010 and 2011 at an estimated cost of £620,000. This is to ensure that the current standard of flood alleviation to properties in west Romford is maintained.