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Flood defences in Worcestershire officially opened, following wettest June on record

Flooding in Worcestershire Photo: PA Pictures

Flood defences in Worcestershire will be officially opened today by West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin.

The opening of the waterfront section of the Upton flood defences marks the completion of the second of two schemes protecting the town from flooding.

According to the council, the newly built wall has already protected the town from the rainfall in recent months, with June being the wettest on record.

"David Cameron visited following the floods of 2007 and promised to support permanent flood defences. The Environment Agency team has worked tirelessly on this scheme and we can all see what a tremendous job they have done."

– Harriett Baldwin, West Worcestershire MP

Part of a £4 million investment, the town has flooded 70 times in the last 40 years, it is hoped that the new defences will help make Upton-upon-Severn a better destination for tourism, as well as helping to protect the businesses and homes in the area.

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