With extreme weather events such as flooding more likely to occur more often in the future, it is crucial for us to invest in protecting the people, homes and business in our city region.
The Boxing Day 2015 floods damaged over 3,000 properties in Leeds, including over 600 businesses. Repairing the damage cost Leeds over £36 million, while the cost to the wider City Region was more than £500 million. We are investing £20 million in a City Region-wide programme of flood defences.
Flood defence projects
We’ve invested £1.5 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into flood alleviation works in Skipton, as part of a £17.8 million investment. The defences are designed to provide one in 100 year protection for up to 400 homes and 165 businesses, while also converting flood plain into land suitable for development.
We contributed £3.8 million towards a £52 million flood alleviation scheme in Leeds that uses state-of-the-art moveable weirs at Crown Point and Knostrop to provide 22,000 homes and 500 businesses with added protection against flooding.
We’ve invested £2.5 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into flood alleviation works in Mytholmroyd, part of a wider £30 million project.
Our £2.6 million Leeds City Region Growth Deal investment into the Wyke Beck Valley flood alleviation scheme will part-fund works in Killingbeck Meadows, Arthur’s Rein and Halton Moor, in East Leeds as part of a total £4.2 million project being led by Leeds City Council.
This will help reduce the risk of flooding to 60 homes in the Dunhill Estate and make possible the development of 200 homes by 2025 on brownfield sites in East Leeds.