Somerset flood funding 'big step forward'

Somerset County Council has welcomed new funding to protect the area from floods. Credit: Dan Rivers/ITV News

A £20m package to protect the Somerset Levels from flooding is a “big step forward”, the head of the county council has said.

John Osman welcomed the move from ministers, which he said was “bringing hope to our flood-hit communities”.

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£20m flooding protection plan for Somerset Levels

The Environment Secretary has announced a £20.5m package to help protect the Somerset Levels from flooding. Owen Paterson said the 'key thing' for local people was that the Rivers Tone and Parrett would now be dredged as soon as possible.