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Environment Secretary celebrates Upton upon Severn flood defences

Owen Paterson in Upton upon Severn
Owen Paterson in Upton upon Severn Credit: ITV Central

The Environment Secretary has celebrated the successful flood scheme recently opened in Upton upon Severn during a tour of the town.

The two flood defence schemes which have protected houses and businesses for the first time this winter cost £4.5m.

Mr Paterson toured the town with MP Harriett Baldwin. Both MPs paid tribute to the work of the Environment Agency for their work in helping people threatened by the bad weather.

Environment Secretary arrives in Upton upon Severn

Owen Paterson arrives in Upton upon Severn
Owen Paterson arrives in Upton upon Severn Credit: ITV Central

The Environment Secretary and North Shropshire MP has visited Upton upon Severn to see £4.5 million flood defence scheme.

Owen Paterson has seen the scheme which has protected 64 properties in the centre of the Worcestershire town.

Environment Secretary meets Environment Agency workers
Environment Secretary meets Environment Agency workers Credit: ITV Central

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Environment Secretary visits £4m flood defence scheme in Worcestershire

The Environment Secretary and North Shropshire MP is visiting Upton upon Severn this lunchtime to see £4.5 million flood defence scheme.

Owen Paterson will see the scheme which has protected 64 properties in the centre of the Worcestershire town.

River Severn flooded before Christmas
River Severn flooded before Christmas Credit: ITV Central

It also gives Upton upon Severn residents and visitors dry access in and out of the town at times of flooding.

Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary
Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary Credit: PA Pictures

Mr. Paterson will also meet local Environment Agency staff operating the flood defence scheme to thank them for their work.

The town had a long history of flooding when the Severn burst its banks in heavy rains.

River Severn bursting its banks before Christmas
River Severn bursting its banks before Christmas Credit: ITV Central
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