PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY AND LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
People who live and work in west Leeds are being invited to come along to two drop-in events this month to view the first of the detailed proposals for the second phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.
They will have the opportunity to have a look at the emerging detailed designs and talk to members of the project team responsible for developing the second phase of the flood defences being proposed to protect communities upstream of the city centre.
The events will be held at Kirkstall Valley Community Hub, Unit 11, at Kirkstall Bridge Retail Park on:
· Tuesday 12 November, 10am until 2pm;
· Monday 18 November 3pm until 7pm.
As part of the second phase Leeds City Council is working in partnership with the Environment Agency to invest up to £112.1 million in flood prevention measures in the River Aire catchment, along a 14-kilometre stretch, including the A65 Kirkstall Corridor which was badly hit by the impact of Storm Eva at Christmas 2015.
Phase two of the scheme is planned to be delivered in two-steps, the first of which is using £65m funding already secured from the government, alongside additional financial support from Leeds City Council and partners. This will reduce the risk of flooding along an 8km stretch of the River Aire from Leeds city centre through the A65 Kirkstall Road corridor and will provide an initial level of protection against the threat of flooding from the River Aire which equates to a 1 in 100 (1%) chance of flooding in any given year. This is the same standard that Phase 1 of the scheme currently provides to the city downstream of Leeds Station.
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