More than £35m still needed for flood alleviation schemes Rotherham

“Significant funding” is needed for flood alleviation schemes (FAS) in Rotherham, according to a new report.

Flooding in Rotherham in 2019

After floods devestated parts of the borough in November 2019, six priority flood alleviation projects were identified, costing an estimated £52m.

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Of this, a report to Rotherham Council’s improving places select commission states that £15.5m of funding has been secured from the government, leaving £36.5m still needed.

The projects include flood defences at Rotherham to Kilnhurst, Parkgate and Rawmarsh, Whiston Brook, Eel Mires Dike at Laughton Common, a pumping station at Catcliffe and a culvert renewal programme.

The report, to be discussed at the comission’s next meeting on September 7, states: “The six priority FAS schemes are at various stages of development, with some at inception stage, some at the start of their pre-construction stage, and some with advanced phases near to being constructed, being constructed or with construction already completed.”