AT LEAST £330,000 will be spent on flood prevention measures in Isle of Wight towns and villages.
The Isle of Wight Council executive has agreed to commit the cash to several projects following the winter floods, including clearing ditches in Alverstone, reinstating the outfall system at Ryde Canoe Lake and developing flood prevention strategies for Ryde and the West Wight.
Further sums, yet to be confirmed, will be spent on schemes in Carisbrooke and Cowes.
In additional to council funds, the money will come from Environment Agency grants and the highways PFI contract. The executive also agreed the council, the lead flood authority since 2010, should lobby the government for further funds.
A flood investigation report, presented to the executive on Monday revealed rainfall levels between December and February were more than 200 per cent above the usual winter average, exacerbated by strong winds and high tides. Coastal and river flooding hit several parts of the Island and dozens of properties were flooded.
Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service received 249 calls reporting flooding and attended 60 incidents, ranging from pumping out flood water and checking electrics to rescuing people from their flooded homes. Island Roads received 322 reports of highways flooding and provided between 3,000 and 4,000 sandbags.
According to the report, most people who had to leave their flooded homes were able to make alternative arrangements — only two households were placed in temporary accommodation by the council's homelessness team.
The council has spent £127,423 repairing coastal damage, and identified a further £161,400 worth of work.
Read the story of one couple, forced out of their home for seven months by flooding, in today’s Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, July 11.