Derby to benefit from £80m flood scheme funding

Flood on Markeaton Lane in Derby
Image caption Markeaton Lane in Derby was blocked after flooding in July 2012

More than £80m of government funding will be provided for flood defence work in Derby.

Plans for the 20-year Our City, Our River project were approved in July 2012 but funding had not been secured.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said about 600 homes and businesses would be protected by the scheme.

The proposals include the need to demolish some buildings, such as the city council's Exeter House flats.

In the summer of 2012, a number of roads across Derbyshire became flooded following torrential rain, including Derby's Markeaton Lane and Moor Lane in Breadsall.

The council said roads close to the River Derwent will have retractable barriers installed which could be raised if water levels were high.

Some new developments could be designed with flood defences built in to their ground floors.

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