The River Hull Advisory Board, has approved measures to prevent flooding along the River Hull. The board consists of MPs, councillors from the East Riding and Hull, and advisors from the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, National Farmers Union and Natural England. I have been part of the board for many years and am extremely glad these steps have been agreed.
The River Hull runs through low-lying land at or just above sea level and regularly floods. It is estimated that future flood damage could cost up to £3.4 billion to repair. Since 1980, the mouth of the river has been protected by a tidal barrier that can be closed to prevent tidal surges causing flooding upriver.
The measures include using the Hull tidal barrier during prolonged rainfall and removing sunken ships. It has also recommended upgrading pumping stations, such as those at Great Culvert, Hedon Road, Bransholme, Wilfholme and Hempholme. River banks on sections of the Holderness Drain and Beverley and Barmston Drain will be raised.
The board has also identified about 20 sunken vessels in the river. Obstacles such as these obstruct sediment flow and increase the risk of flooding. They will have to be removed.