£1.2m floods cash for East Midlands councils

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Councils across the East Midlands have been awarded more than £1.2m to help manage surface water flooding.

The money has been allocated under new legislation which gives local authorities responsibility for co-ordinating local flood management work.

Lincolnshire County Council will get £238,000, while Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire will each receive more than £130,000.

The funds are for use during the 2011/12 period.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: "This money will go a long way to help local flood authorities identify and deal with the risk of flooding in their own communities.

"Each local authority can decide where the money will be of most use - it could be used to pay members of staff, to come up with plans of dealing with surface water flooding or for generally work with the public on how best to deal with flooding."

Authorities including Derby City, Leicester City, Nottingham City and Rutland will also get at least £110,000 each.

The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it planned to increase the total funding during 2012/13.

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