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Council welcomes £36 million package for River Severn flooding

By Jordan Reynolds | Bewdley | News | Published:

Wyre Forest District Council has welcomed the £36 million package of measures to tackle flooding along the River Severn announced this week.

Flooding in Bewdley earlier this year

A further £4.9 million has also been earmarked to tackle flooding in Tenbury Wells.

The announcement came after Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Bridgnorth and Bewdley suffered their worst floods in years.

In February this year the River Severn reached its highest level for 20 years, leaving much of Shrewsbury town centre under water.

And more than 300 homes and business were affected in Wyre Forest.

Leader of Wyre Forest District Council, Councillor Graham Ballinger said: “We welcome the grant from Government to help tackle the problem of flooding along the River Severn.

“Earlier this year more than 300 homes and businesses in the district were affected by flooding caused by Storms Ciara and Dennis.

“After the devastation caused by the flooding, the Prime Minister visited Bewdley and spoke with council officers, the Environment Agency, residents and businesses who highlighted the need for better flood defences.

“At this stage we are waiting to find out whether the district will benefit from the funding. We look forward to seeing the detail which will be brought forward by the Environment Agency in response to the Government’s announcement and how this money will be used to protect the residents and businesses of Bewdley and Stourport.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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