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. On 26 December 2015 Leeds experienced significant and widespread flooding from some of the highest river levels ever recorded.
The flooding was centred on the commercial/industrial area along the A65 Kirkstall Road and Stourton to the south of Leeds railway station.
The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme is led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency and is split into two phases.
Phase 1 began in January 2015 and was officially opened in October 2017. At a cost of £50 million, it is one of the largest river flood alleviation schemes in the country, providing increased protection to more than 3,000 homes, 500 business and 300 acres of development land.
Further details can be found on the
Phase 1 page.
Phase 2 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme is taking a catchment-wide approach. This means the entire River Aire catchment area will be considered to help reduce flood risk in Leeds including areas such as Kirkstall and Stourton. This approach will adopt a combination of Natural Flood Management (NFM) and engineered measures to help slow the flow and catch water further up the catchment so that flood peaks are reduced further downstream.
Further details can be found on the Phase 2 page.