Nearly 23,000 homes at risk of flooding in Cheshire | Knutsford Times

Nearly 23,000 homes at risk of flooding in Cheshire

By on July 17, 2019

According to the Environment Agency, there are 23,000 homes at risk of flooding in Cheshire.

The figures follow a spate of flooding in the region at the beginning of the month, which caused major disruption.

Of the 22,939 properties at risk, more than 2,400 are protected by recently completed flood defence schemes such as Warrington and Northwich, the Environment Agency says.

A spokeswoman for the public body said: “The Environment Agency is a world leader in reducing flood risk but as the threat of climate change accelerates, we need a wider range of tools to ensure communities are more resilient. Methods such as natural flood management can reduce flood risk, alongside traditional flood defences, and by March 2021, we hope to have better protected an additional 3,600-plus homes across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. Protecting our communities is very much a priority.”

This year £10.4 million will be spent by the Environment Agency to maintain flood defences in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

A spokeswoman said: “We also want people to be more resilient so they are ready to respond when flooding hits and so they can recover more quickly. More than 5 million people in England are at risk from flooding and coastal erosion yet many do not believe their property is at risk. We need to build a nation of climate champions who understand their risk, are responsible for it and know how to act on it. The issue of flood risk is by no means a doomsday scenario, we just need to start investing and educating our communities now so we are ready for any additional risk of climate change.”

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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