Work to improve flood defences at Victoria Pier and the Humber Dock Basin are complete.

Vital flood defences at Victoria Pier completed

Works to install flood defences in Victoria Pier and Humber Dock Basin have been completed and the frontages will reopen to the public on Thursday 23 December.

The £42 million pound Humber: Hull Frontage scheme was funded by the Environment Agency (EA) to provide tidal flooding protection to 130,000 properties in Hull.

The EA removed the existing flood wall and built three metres out into the Humber estuary with sheet piling.

A raised promenade has been constructed behind the new defence wall and glazed sections incorporated into the wall to allow views of the estuary and ensures the city retains its historic and cultural links with the Humber estuary.

The EA will be returning in January to complete any unfinished works within localised fenced off areas before handing back the area to the council following a full clean of the area.

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said:

“Hull has the second-highest number of properties at flood risk in the UK outside of London, with 98 per cent of the city defined as at “high risk” of flooding. This risk will only increase with the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, therefore construction of flood defences for the city is crucial.

“The Environment Agency have worked closely with the council, local businesses and residents to ensure the scheme has been designed in a way which responds to the local environment and maintains the city’s connection to the Humber.

“We all have a role to play in ensuring the city is resilient and the completion of these vital flood defences is a significant step in the right direction.”

Environment Agency Area Flood Risk Manager, Paul Stockhill said:

“It is great to see the Humber Hull Frontage project drawing to a conclusion. This investment will help reduce the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses in Hull.

“We have worked closely with colleagues at Hull City Council to ensure our work compliments the fantastic public spaces in Hull, and hope residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the waterfront we have helped create.

“Even with this level of investment, we can never prevent all of the damage caused by flooding, so it’s vital everyone knows their risk and how to keep loved ones, property and possessions safe. Search ‘know my flood risk’ on GOV.UK to sign up for the free Environment Agency flood warnings.”

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