York & North Yorkshire

York drain repairs to cost £5m to reduce flood risk

It could cost millions to upgrade the drainage system to reduce the risk of flooding in York, a report has said.

It says a lack of maintenance and poor knowledge about the infrastructure has rendered it ineffective against even a minor flood risk.

Officers said it would cost £5m to ensure the system could cope with heavy rainfall.

Councillors are told doing nothing will increase the risk of flooding due to the system continuing to deteriorate.

The Labour-run authority is being recommended to adopt a Surface Water Management Plan, as a guide for improving the system to minimise future flood risk.

The plan does not commit the council to spending the money on repairs but admits the money will have to be found as part of future budget considerations.

Responsibility for the infrastructure is split between the City of York Council, Yorkshire Water Services and a range of internal drainage boards and private landowners.

The report makes it clear the council would have to work with these agencies on any improvements.

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