Flood protection money for Yorkshire properties

Communities across Yorkshire will benefit from £800,000 to protect their properties against flooding.

Eight communities will be able to use the Environment Agency money to buy flood barriers or airbrick covers to minimise flood damage.

The money has been given to areas at high risk of flooding with no plans for a community flood defence system.

Residents in Bilton, Wakefield, Leeds, Ryedale and Rotherham will benefit from the funding.

Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, said: "Property level protection can be incredibly successful in communities that suffer low-level flooding and these grants will ensure more homes and possessions can be protected."

Local authorities will also be able to use the money to survey properties to find the most appropriate measures to protect them.

Chief executive of the Environment Agency, Dr Paul Leinster, said: "The relatively small cost of these products could save a fortune in repairs and lost possessions in the event of a flood."

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