Funding to help protect homes from flooding

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FLOOD defence measures are to be boosted in a £320,000 project - five years after the disaster which left hundreds of South Yorkshire homes underwater.

Homes in Darfield, Barnsley, affected by the 2007 floods will be offered a range of flood resilience measures after Barnsley Council successful secured the funding.

The money has been awarded to the households from the Environment Agency’s Local Levy Programme flood alleviation grant.

It follows a bid by the council on the behalf of the 75 properties on Doncaster Road, Riverside Close, Cliff Road, Church View which were affected by the devastating floods in June 2007.

Residents will be offer a range of measures such as door guards and air brick covers.

An exhibition is being held to show the items available which is taking place at the Army Cadet Hut, Cliff Road, Darfield on Monday, November 28.

Coun Roy Miller, of Barnsley Council, said: “We will continue to seek opportunities to reduce flood risk to properties.”