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Residents invited to evening exhibitions to see progress of flood schemes

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019
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Two further exhibitions are to be held to give residents the chance to see the progress of multi-million-pound flood schemes under construction in the East Riding.

Following the success of a two-day exhibition in February, members of the public are invited along to two more drop-in events which will be held at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice, Springfield Way, Anlaby, on Thursday 28 March and Thursday 4 April from 4pm to 9pm.

The evening exhibitions, held by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will include photographs, videos and plans, with members of the project teams on hand to answer any questions.

The projects on display will include the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme (COPFAS) and the Anlaby and East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme (AEEFAS), which are currently being built at a cost of £22milllion each.

The schemes are some of the largest currently under construction in the country.

When completed they will reduce the risk of flooding to more than 8,000 homes and businesses in the Cottingham, Anlaby, East Ella and Hessle areas.

Also included will be details of the first major project to be completed, the £14million Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The event will also include information about the 2007 floods which devastated areas of the East Riding and Hull, and resulted in the launch of the alleviation work.

Representatives from the Environment Agency and the Hull and East Riding Living With Water Partnership will also be at the events.

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The first exhibitions we held in February were well attended and we’ve arranged these extra evening dates at the request of residents who couldn’t attend last time.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to speak to the engineers involved and to find out more about how these schemes will reduce flood risk for the future.”

The flood schemes are being delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with Hull City Council and the Environment Agency.

The council successfully secured funding for AEEFAS and COPFAS through the Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) administered by the Environment Agency, and Local Growth Fund (LGF) through the Humber Growth Deal by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

Residents are being encouraged to sign up to receive Flood Warnings by visiting www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or by calling the Floodline on 0345 988 1188.