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3:39pm 20th July 2012

Almost two million pounds is being spent on improving flood defence for villages in south-east Cornwall.

South West Water is investiging in projects in Par, St Blazey and Mevagissey.

In November 2010, homes, businesses, gardens, garages, vehicles and roads were flooded after extremely heavy rainfall overwhelmed drainage systems and streams.

floods m7The A38 was blocked, main roads in the flood-affected areas were closed and trains were disrupted after a landslide on the mainline.

The communities were affected by further floods in October and November 2011.  
 
South West Water has been working closely with Par and St Blazey Community Flood Group and Mevagissey Floodwatch, both volunteer organisations, as well the Cornwall Community Flood Forum, established by the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council, to assist with the clean-up and investigations following the floods.

Spokesman Richard Gilpin says, "We are delighted to have been able make a special exception for Par, St Blazey and Mevagissey after the devastating floods of November 2010.
 
"The severe problems experienced then were in the main caused by the large volume of rain, but this £2 million investment will increase the resilience of our network which, in partnership with improvements carried out by the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council, will minimise the risk of flooding in the future."

3:39pm 20th July 2012

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