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Devon wants £6M to protect roads from further flooding

Devon County Council has asked the government to make up a £6M shortfall to help improve the resilience of the county’s transport network in the wake of recent floods.

The council has already received a total of £19M in funding towards a £25M scheme to improve the county’s transport infrastructure from Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and through funding secured form the government by the Environment Agency.

The council is already making use of the Bellwin scheme, which provides funding in cases of emergency which causes destruction or danger to life or property, but the scheme does not provide for permanent measures.

Devon County Council leader John Hart met environment secretary Owen Paterson, who has been touring Devon in the wake of the flooding.

“Mr Paterson was able to see first hand the results of this severe flooding in Devon today and we had the opportunity to highlight the problems we will face when all the water has drained away and the true cost of the damage is revealed,” said Hart.

Devon has approximately 12,800km of roads, and the local economy relies heavily on the M5 and A30, as well as the two main railway lines.

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