Cornwall gets £155,000 to help cope with flooding


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Cornwall will receive £155,000 from the government next year to help deal with flooding.
The money will be used by Cornwall Council to draw up management plans to protect and support areas which could be at risk.
In 2012, the grant will be doubled to more than £315,000.
Damaged caused by flooding which devastated much of mid-Cornwall in November is expected to cost million of pounds to repair.
Floodwater reached 6ft (2m) in places after heavy rain hit parts of the county, affecting more than 600 homes and businesses.
This new government funding will be welcomed by St Austell and Newquay Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert who had called for better warning systems and more funding for councils in the House of Commons last week.
Part of the money will be spent on supporting local flood awareness groups.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said the money would go a long way to help Cornwall Council identify and deal with the risk of flooding.
A total of £21m will be given to local councils across the country next year.
"Each local authority can decide where the money will be of most use," Ms Spelman said.
"It could be used to pay members of staff, to come up with plans for dealing with surface water flooding or generally work with the public on how best to deal with flooding."
Article BBC


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A great deal of flooding is caused by misuse of land, the proliferation of tarmac type areas which prevent proper dissapation, trees which have been badly managed. We need the rootstock _ trees and plants, grass, the essentials; the destruction of wetlands and subsequent dependance on birds; fields developed to the extent that precipitation washes away soil let alone the fact that estates are badly designed to prevent erosion .. added to which is the abnormal expectation that the coast remains fixed. Weather changes with sea and coast; and the land we live on moves and changes . It has happened before and it will happen again.


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Crowlas suffered from flash flooding a few years ago. It was alleged that this was due to a farmer up the road removing Cornish hedges to make one big field and then ploughing up and down instead of across the field. When there was a big downpour the water ran straight off the field onto the A30 and then into the village.
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