160 million to prevent flooding
– This is the biggest decision we have made up till now, says Erik Bern, administrator at the Swedish Contingencies Agency.
The work of improving, extending and developing Kristianstad's protective barriers is an expensive project which is reckoned to go on for many years. The total cost amounts to about two billion crowns,, and for the next seven years alone it will cost somewhere in the region of 1.2 billion crowns.
The high price, together with generally greater costs for the municipality, makes the state grant even more important for the work of protecting Kristianstad from flooding.
The municipality applied for a state grant before, in 2017, but the process has been long-drawn-out. Now it is settled. Kristianstad municipality is to get 160.25 million crowns from MSB to counteract the risk of flooding.
This means that almost a third of the total state grants for the year for measures to prevent natural catastrophes in Sweden, 521 million crowns, is earmarked for Kristianstad.