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Relief for residents as dredging of Somerset Levels begins

The Environment Agency has begun dredging the Somerset Levels at the River Parrett. The government agency came under fire during the floods which crippled the south west county, leaving 6,500 homes and businesses affected.

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Environment Agency: Dredging an 'important milestone'

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.

– Dr Paul Leinster

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