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6:01am 28th January 2013

It is revealed there will be more money to stop floods in Cornwall as more downpours hit the Duchy.

We will share another £720,000 with Devon.

It comes as forecasters predict up to 75mm of rain over the next couple of days.

James Morrish from the Environment Agency's Southwest Regional Flood and Coastal Committee said: "The increase of 20 percent is a clear statement of the Committee’s determination to address the backlog of flood defence needs in Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and the Isles of Scilly, particularly following the repeated flooding throughout 2012 which saw over 1,000 properties flooded in 200 locations.

"In these difficult financial times I am pleased that the local authorities have seen the need to support reducing flood and coastal erosion risk. The councils in our region are leading the way in making reducing flood risk a real priority and recognising the essential need to increase funding. The programmes that we will be delivering next year cover all sources of flooding and have had to be prioritised to match available funds."

Winds of up to seventy miles an hour and torrential rain is due to batter the Duchy, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning. A spokesperson said: "Further rain, some heavy, will affect southwest England during Monday afternoon and into the early evening. Given the saturated ground, the public should be aware that further localised flooding is possible."

The Environment Agency has issued a string of flood alerts. You can find the details here.

6:01am 28th January 2013

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