The start of dredging the Somerset Levels is "an important milestone" in the Government's attempts to repair the country after December and January's floods.
Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive at the Environment Agency, said:
Today is an important milestone in the work to reduce the risk of flooding to people, property and land in Somerset and we welcome the additional money from Government that has allowed us to undertake this further dredging.
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