WORK has started on a scheme to prevent 30 properties in Allesley from falling victim to flooding.
Residents in Washbrook Lane and Butt Lane will see improvements such as new doors and flood adapted air bricks in an attempt to minimise flood damage.
Funding for the Allesley Risk Management Scheme was provided by the Environment Agency (EA), Coventry City Council and the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.
Rita and Raymond Taylor, who moved to the area over 50 years ago have seen their bungalow flooded twice in the past decade and will benefit from this scheme.
Rita, 79, said: “We’ve had new doors and air bricks fitted and it’s fantastic to have peace of mind in case there is another flood.
“The first flood we had was quite bad and it was frightening as in a bungalow you don’t have anywhere else to go.
“It’s great this has been offered as we couldn’t have afforded to do this ourselves.”
This investment is part of the Governments long-term, £5.2billion plan to provide better flooding protection to homes, schools, hospitals and other buildings over the next six years.
The EA – which is leading the scheme – estimates every £1 spent will prevent £5 worth of property damages.
Charles Chandler, the EA’s area flood and coastal risk manager, said he was pleased the measures were being installed.
“Such simple home improvements can really work to reduce the risk of homes flooding and allow people to get back to normal after any flood.”