Flood defence schemes announced

The new flood defence schemes will provide additional protection to over 13,000 households, will cover repairs to existing defences heighten public awareness of the issue and develop the use of flood forecasting technologies.

Environmental Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith said, “We will continue to protect as many homes and businesses as we can”.

The government is also looking to private enterprise to shore up finances. Lord Smith said, “We will also seek financial contributions from organisation such as developers and businesses who directly benefit from these defence schemes. Doing so will allow our funds to be stretched further and mean more can be done overall”.

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