Forty nine councils to share £5.3m

The government has handed out £5.3m worth of grants to councils for projects to tackle surface water flooding.

Environment minister Huw Irranca- Davies said that 49 local authorities would share the cash which is expected to benefit more than 1600 properties.

Last year the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) invited councils to submit bids for £20,000 - £100,000 to carry out immediate engineering works and to produce surface water management plans to help them deal with known local flooding problems.

The plans will help local authorities understand better the ways of managing flood risk for a further 112,000 properties. Updated guidance is also being issued today to help those local authorities which are developing Surface Water Management Plans

Irranca-Davies said: “We wanted to make sure these funds go where it’s most needed and where it can make the biggest difference.’

Defra received 282 bids from 117 local authorities, three quarters of which were for carrying out engineering works to reduce flood risk to households and businesses.

The full list of the projects which received cash can be viewed on the right (pdf).