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The Government has announced today that it's putting millions of pounds into new flood defences for Exeter. The scheme will create 1,000 new jobs.
The funding comes after studies revealed an extreme case of flooding could affect more than 5,000 homes and devastate the local economy.
Richard Lawrence reports:
More than 2,000 homes will be better protected from the effects of flooding after a proposed Exeter flood defence scheme was given a boost by additional government funding today.
The £26 million scheme will be funded from Flood Defence Grants in Aid, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council contributions of £3 million each plus the shortfall money from the Government’s additional growth fund, that was bid for last year.
The project is due to be completed by 2017. The new flood defences are expected to create over 1,000 jobs and protect businesses.