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Yorkshire Water commits £350,000 towards flood barriers

Yorkshire Water will be investing £350,000 in temporary flood barriers to reduce the risk of sewerage and water supply services being affected during extreme wet weather.

The flood barriers will be deployed when there is a risk of floods to protect the region-wide infrastructure, including its 55 water treatment works and 631 sewage treatment plants.

Compared to sandbags, the plastic barriers can be rapidly and easily deployed to create dams, divert waterflows, and help prevent flood water causing damage to our assets which ensure sewers keep flowing and water supplies are maintained.

Martyn Hattersley, Emergency Planning Manager at Yorkshire Water, said “These barriers reduce the risk of essential services being affected during extreme wet weather events. During floods electricity, gas and water services are all put under pressure and this investment is about improving resilience to our water and sewage services. The barriers will provide a vital extra layer of protection against floods,reduce pollutions risks and flooding.”

Several of our sites in Calderdale, Bradford, Leeds and York were inundated with flood water during last year’s Boxing Day floods. In response, we have carried out inspections at each of these sites to mitigate against the risk of future flooding. We also carried out a major operation to clean out sewers that were filled with river silt.

The investment in flood barriers has been made following the Government’s National Flood Resilience Review published in September.

Yorkshire Water is part of the multi-agency Local Resilience Forums, which are responsible for planning and preparing for emergency incidents, such as flooding, to help mitigate the impact they have on local communities.

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