Launch of South Yorkshire Flood Action Plan | Yorkshire Business News


A flood action plan has been launched to protect homes and businesses and help tackle the climate emergency in South Yorkshire.

The Connected by Water action plan, which aims to mitigate the impact of flooding in South Yorkshire, was first drawn up after the South Yorkshire floods of 2019.

The partnership includes the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, the Environment Agency, Barnsley Council, Doncaster Council, Rotherham Council, Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Water.

The action plan combines 144 actions and 100 projects, with a total investment of £400 million to better protect more than 17,000 homes, businesses and infrastructure in South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis MP said: “After the devastating floods in South Yorkshire I fought for government funding to protect us from a repeat of the scenes we saw in 2019 – getting £80m, which helped launch today’s Flood Catchment Scheme to protect the area.

“This ‘life plan’ will continue to evolve based on what we learn over the months and years to come, but it will always ensure that we protect homes and businesses in South Yorkshire from the devastating impact of the floods.

“A key part of this is using natural solutions to reduce flood risk, such as tree planting and land management, because this doesn’t just fight floods, it helps in the recovery of nature and brings us closer to our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Climate change is leading to increased rainfall and rising sea levels, greatly increasing the risk of flooding, but introducing nature-based solutions, we can break the cycle.


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