£10m Flood Defence For Norwich Property
Last year’s floods have been a key issue for many of the landlords using the best property surveyors Norwich has to offer – so it’s welcome news that the local authority is putting a £10 million plan in place to stop the situation occurring again.
Over 100 properties were left under water when flash floods overwhelmed an ageing drainage system last summer that was nearing the end of its life and Norfolk County Council (NCC) has now put in a £10 million bid to the Department for Transport to ensure the system is functional for the coming year.
It’s estimated that 6,500 properties in Greater Norwich are at risk of flooding and the bid aims to cover the businesses, schools and homes in areas such as Costessey, Hellesdon, Old Catton, Sprowston and Thorpe St Andrew.
Toby Coke, chairman of NCC’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “During the heaviest rainfall this is having awful consequences for some households in the area. Norfolk County Council is seeking this government funding to try to put an end to the localised flooding that some households have experienced.”
It’s expected to be heard if the bid has been successful by the end of March. If the money is awarded, it will be released over three years, helping to replace silted up components of the drainage system – some of which haven’t been changed since the 1950s.
This will help surface water drainage be more effective, avoiding the floods in Norwich occurring again and causing any more destruction to businesses and properties. It’s estimated that last year’s floods caused £2 million worth of damage.