Flooding can have a devastating effect on peoples’ lives, homes and businesses and protecting cities such as Leeds is absolutely vital.
Flood risk is increasing in the UK. Prior to December 2015, Leeds has come close to flooding a number of times, with the most notable flooding occurring in 2000 when 100 properties flooded. On 26 December, 2015 Leeds experienced significant and widespread flooding with some of the highest river levels ever recorded. The flooding affected more than 2,000 residential properties (including indirect impacts to high-rise accommodation) and nearly 600 commercial properties. The flooding was centred on the commercial/industrial area along the A65 Kirkstall Road and the commercial area to the south of Leeds Railway station.
The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency. The scheme is split into two phases:
Phase 1 began in January 2015 and is due to be completed in summer 2017. When complete, it will provide an increased level of protection from flooding from the River Aire and Hol Beck for residents and businesses in the city centre. The scheme also includes defences at Woodlesford.
Further details can be found on the Phase 1 page.
Following the flooding in December 2015, the Government committed £35 million up to 2021 to further enhance flood protection in Leeds.
The Environment Agency carried out a scoping study earlier this year which set out potential options to reduce flood risk to the city centre and Kirkstall Road.
Work on Phase 2 is now progressing. Leeds City Council has recently awarded a contract for a feasibility study which will look at the viability of these options looked at in the scoping study.
Further details can be found on the Phase 2 page.
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