Villages will benefit from flood cash

Congresbury has been no stranger to floods. Picture sent into by Laura Elmon

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FLOOD prevention projects in Pill, Congresbury and Wrington will all benefit from Government cash, the Environment Agency (EA) has announced.

Improving the River Yeo’s flood defences is the EA’s main priority in North Somerset for the 2013-14 financial year, with £432,000 earmarked for Congresbury.

Half of the money needed for a £520,000 flood defence scheme in Wrington will also be provided in the next financial year, as well as £10,000 for the Pill Pile Wall refurbishment project.

However, the schemes are unlikely to appease people in other parts of the region which will not receive any grants after North Somerset Council received more than 1,000 calls about flooding last November.

A spokesman for the EA said: “Regrettably there will always be winners and losers with a scheme like this, particularly in the current economic climate when there is a finite amount of money about.”

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He explained that the 2013-14 list of projects was drawn up last summer and put before Wessex Water for consultation prior to the unprecedented amount of rainfall and flooding in late November.

The South West region will get £25.3million towards flood prevention schemes in 2013-14.

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Wrington has been flooded regularly since the late 1990s and ward councillor Deborah Yamanaka said she hoped the news would provide ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for many of the homeowners in her ward.

The exact details of what the flood alleviation scheme will entail have not yet been finalised but the main priority is to stop the drainage brook overflowing and affecting areas around The Glebe, Garstons Close and Silver Street.

North Somerset Council and Avon Fire and Rescue have brokered a short-term deal which will see firefighters pump floodwater from the brook if it is close to full, because the EA’s work will take years to complete.

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