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Environment Secretary celebrates Upton upon Severn flood defences

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.

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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 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 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 Credit: ITV Central
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