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Hull's tidal barrier
Hull's current tidal barrier. Photograph: Andy Beecroft/Wikimedia

Hull flood protection scheme funded

A scheme protect Kingston upon Hull from tidal flooding has been given the go-ahead by the government, which has provided a £42m cash injection.

The Humber Hull Frontages project, led by the Environment Agency, will protect up to 113,000 properties in the low-lying city. It will improve defences along a 19km stretch of the Humber estuary, with new or raised defences on either side of Hull. This should accommodate for the impact of climate change.

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