Hereford & Worcester

Bodenham bid for flood protection money successful

A bid for £144,500 in funding to protect homes from flooding in Herefordshire has been successful.

Herefordshire Council said the money will be used to help homeowners in 34 properties in Bodenham.

The money will be used to install flood resistant gates, outside wall renders, barriers, door boards and air brick covers to prevent flooding.

The money comes from a total of £2.3m Defra had set aside and which the Environment Agency has ringfenced.

'Community spirit'

It will be used for flood protection schemes for homes across the UK.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for environment, housing and planning, said: "There's a great strength of community spirit in Bodenham as householders have been proactive and have formed a flood protection group.

"Working together, we will ensure the money is spent in the most effective way to minimise the possibility of flood damage to those properties in the future."

Anthony Perry, Environment Agency area flood risk manager, said: "We're pleased to have assisted Herefordshire Council in obtaining this money for property level flood protection which is very good news for those affected by serious flash flooding in the Bodenham area."

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