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Floods

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of remedying flood damage in each year since 1997. (297294)

Where information is available, the Environment Agency records the extent of flooding; however, complete estimates of actual flood damage in past years are not recorded centrally.

The Environment Agency's Flooding in England report estimates that the expected annual cost of damages to properties at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea in England is more than £1 billion. Estimates of flood damage caused by some of the larger individual events in recent years are £3 billion for the summer 2007 flooding, £450 million for Cumbria in 2005 and £1 billion for the autumn 2000 events.