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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