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Somerset flood defence schemes given green light

By SS_CWilson  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

Police attend a flood at Wallbridge in Frome

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Flooding could soon be a thing of the past for many after the Government gave the green light for flood defence schemes to start construction.

With £294 million to be invested in flood risk management this year, 165,000 homes are now expected to be better protected by 2015.

Among the plans given the go-ahead in Somerset is a £265,000 flood defence scheme for the Wallbridge area of Frome, with Cheddar and Bridgwater also in line to get improvements.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: "The 93 schemes given the green light today will bring huge relief to tens of thousands of homes and businesses that have lived with the fear of flood waters hitting their doors. They can get on with their daily lives and work knowing that there are well built defences.

"This is also a message to the business community. By building defences that will unlock the economic potential of once blighted land we are saying to them that it is safe to come and set up. This will create jobs and grow the economy so we can compete in the global race."

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