Work begins on £5m Reedness flood defences

Image caption About 100 properties in Reedness were flooded during December's tidal surge

Work to improve defences at an East Yorkshire village flooded during December's tidal surge has begun.

About 100 properties were affected in Reedness, near Goole, when the River Ouse broke its banks on 5 December.

Defences between Reedness Clough and Swinefleet will be increased by between 60cm (2ft) and one metre (3.3ft), in line with other defences in the area.

Richard Eastwood, chairman of Reedness Parish Council, said: "I think the difference will be life changing".

The £5m construction programme is expected to be completed by October.

'Small community'

Mark Tupman, project manager at the Environment Agency, said: "The defences will be repaired with either permanent or temporary measures to ensure they offer more robust protection over the winter period. Any temporary defences will be replaced with permanent ones when work recommences in 2015."

Money for the project has come from the government's £140m flood relief fund.

Mr Eastwood said: "It was a very difficult time and in a small community such as ours, where everybody knows each other, you really felt for those affected.

"The funding that was released for the project was gratefully received by all."

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