Village flood protection grant

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FLOOD protection measures are to be created at a cost of £320,000 to protect 75 homes in a South Yorkshire village.

The Environment Agency has announced funding for the scheme, in Darfield, Barnsley, as part of a £1.3 million investment to reduce the risk of flooding in 37 communities in England.

Darfield, between Doncaster and Barnsley, was swamped by floods which devastated communities across South Yorkshire four years ago.

The money will be used to help households in areas at the highest risk of flooding to install products to protect their property, such as flood barriers and airbrick covers.

Barnsley Council will be asked to distibute the money to the households at risk of flooding.

Aidan Kerr, head of investment and funding at the Environment Agency, said: “This latest round of flood grants is yet another step being taken by the Environment Agency to help communities prepare for flooding.

“Flooding can have a devastating effect on people’s homes and possessions. The funding will help people to reduce and, in some cases, prevent any damage caused to their homes and possessions.”

He added: “More people are becoming aware of their flood risk. Everyone should check the Environment Agency’s website to see if their house is in an area at risk of flooding and find out what simple steps they can take to prepare for flooding, such as signing up for the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service.”

The scheme is one of the largest to be funded as part of the latest round of Environment Agency grants. More than a third of the national total is being allocated to schemes in Yorkshire.