Flood prevention work in Cornwall gets £580,000 grant

Mevagissey after flooding. Pic: John Coates
Image caption Mevagissey was one of the the worst-hit areas of the flooding

Several towns and villages in Cornwall are to get flood protection work funded by a £580,000 Environment Agency grant.

Lostwithiel, Mevagissey, Par Moor, Pentewan, Polmassick, St Blazey and Tregrehan will benefit from door flood barriers and home air vent covers.

These help to minimise damage caused by flood water entering properties.

The agency said it and Cornwall Council were also finalising plans to stage a flood fair in June to raise awareness of flooding and protection measures.

About 230 homes and 400 businesses were affected by the flooding on 17 November 2010.

Mevagissey, Lostwithiel, St Blazey and St Austell were among the worst-hit areas.

People were trapped in their cars and homes by the rising flood waters, which reached up to 6ft (2m) deep in places.

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