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Council supports flood management strategy for Humber Estuary

Council supports flood management strategy for Humber Estuary

7 February 2018

A memorandum of understanding for the Environment Agency’s Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy is to be signed by North Lincolnshire Council. 

The council will join 11 other local flood risk management authorities located around the Humber Estuary area to sign the memorandum.

The Environment Agency first published their Humber Flood Risk Strategy in 2008.

Following feedback from the Government on the strategy, a comprehensive review with all parties is being carried out.

The Environment Agency has now started this review, to be completed in autumn 2019, when the strategy will be submitted to DEFRA for approval.

The memorandum of understanding sets out the proposed ways of working between the various stakeholders in partnership to promote, develop and deliver a comprehensive review of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy.

By signing the memorandum of understanding, it shows the council will participate and collaborate, where possible in the review process and support the principles of the review.

The review will build on the strategic approach, set out in the original strategy, for managing tidal flood risk around the Humber Estuary over the next 100 years, taking other sources of flooding into account and looking in particular at the first 25 years.

The study area of the strategy review has been extended to include approximately 190 kilometres of river and 400 kilometres of assets.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Places, said:

“The review of the Humber Flood Risk Strategy is a major piece of work that will drive flood defence investment in the Humber Estuary for the future. Providing flood defences in North Lincolnshire to protect our communities is a high priority. Therefore, we are showing our support and signing the memorandum of understanding to help take the Environment Agency’s strategy forward.

“The tidal flooding in December 2013 was devastating for so many people. By taking part in the review we are helping to secure improved flood defences for communities located adjacent to the rivers Humber and Trent.”
In December 2013, the Humber Estuary experienced the largest recorded tidal surge resulting in severe flooding along the estuary. This included areas of North Lincolnshire located along the rivers Humber and Trent.

This event changed the evidence base for flood risk management in the estuary. Consequently, in September 2014 the Environment Agency, the five lead flood authorities (including North Lincolnshire Council) and Associated British Ports, sought £1.28bn of Government funding to implement a 0.5 per cent standard of protection all way round the estuary.

In December 2014, the Government asked the Agency to review the business case. This completed in July 2015.

In October 2015, the Secretary of State wrote to say that the funding would not be provided and that all relevant parties should work together to undertake a comprehensive review of the strategy.

The memorandum of understanding is between:

  • Environment Agency

  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council (lead flood authority)

  • Hull City Council (lead flood authority)

  • North Lincolnshire Council (lead flood authority)

  • North East Lincolnshire Council (lead flood authority)

  • Lincolnshire County Council (lead flood authority)

  • North Yorkshire County Council

  • Doncaster Metropolitan Council

  • Bassetlaw District Council

  • West Lindsey District Council

  • East Lindsey District Council

  • Nottinghamshire County Council

  • Selby District Council

First Published:07 February 2018