Boost for homes at risk of flooding

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FLOOD defences across the south will be bolstered thanks to a £1.1m windfall.

The Environment Agency’s regional flood and coastal committee agreed the sum of money to fund schemes across Hampshire, Sussex, the Isle of Wight and Kent.

The money will be raised through an existing levy on council tax and will be used to deliver projects which do not qualify for central government funding.

The list of projects to be funded is being finalised and will be agreed at a later date.

The schemes will help offer greater protection to the 540,000 people in these counties at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, as well as the 518,000 people at risk from surface water flooding.

Alison Baptiste, regional flood and coastal risk manager for the agency, said: ‘It is far more cost-effective to invest to reduce flood risk than it is to manage the aftermath of flooding and its economic and social consequences.

‘This year defences prevented flooding to 35,000 homes.’