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11:35am 7th February 2013

Cornwall has been awarded almost half a million pounds to stop a repeat of the devastating floods.

The government money will include extra defences from rivers across the Duchy, including at Loe Bar and St Ives.

More is being promised for schemes in places like Bude, Mevagissey and Porthleven next year.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged when torrential downpours fell just days before Christmas in December, triggering widespread flooding and landslips.

Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary, said: "The 93 schemes given the green light today will bring huge relief to tens of thousands of homes and businesses that have lived with the fear of flood waters hitting their doors. They can get on with their daily lives and work knowing that there are well built defences.

"This is also a message to the business community. By building defences that will unlock the economic potential of once blighted land we are saying to them that it is safe to come and set up. This will create jobs and grow the economy so we can compete in the global race."

11:35am 7th February 2013

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