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'More than one-in-10 of Yorkshire's flood defences need repair'

Flooding in York Image copyright Andy Tricklebank
Image caption Parts of York flooded following heavy rain in December

More than one-in-10 of Yorkshire's flood defences need repairing, according to the Environment Agency (EA).

The agency carried out the survey following extensive flooding across the region in December.

The EA said it had assessed nearly 8,500 defences and that "around 900 identified as needing some form of repair".

It added the repair programme was costing roughly a total of £24m .

Phil Younge, major incident recovery manager at the EA, said: "The floods of December 2015 had a terrible impact on peoples' lives, homes and businesses across the county. Many residents and businesses are not yet back in their properties.

"The job we have before us, of getting our defences back in a condition they were prior to flooding, is a huge challenge, but our teams are working tirelessly to restore protection to communities."

The EA has been criticised by some residents in York whose homes were flooded when the agency raised the Foss Barrier in December amid fears the adjoining pumping station could be overwhelmed by water.

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