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Boost to Welsh flood defence spending

The Welsh Government today announced an extra £10M will be spent on strengthening flood defences following major flooding during the summer.

Welsh Assembly Government environment minister John Griffiths announced the extra funding adding lessons will be learnt following severe flooding in Ceredigion and Gwynedd in west Wales over the summer.

The extra money has been included as part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s draft 2013/14 budget, taking total investment on flood defences to £150M.

“We can never stop or fully prevent flooding but we can manage the risks and reduce the consequences, “said Griffiths. “We were already investing over £140M in flood and coastal erosion risk management over the life of this Assembly to reduce risk for over 7,000 properties.”

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