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2:40pm 5th February 2013

There is a funding promise to Cornwall, as the floods minister visits.

Richard Benyon has been meeting locals in Mevagissey and Looe, where the recent deluge caused major landslides.

Mr Benyon said the south west is getting the lion's share of extra government cash, and some schemes could be brought forward.

He said: "I've seen some really dramatic scenes of roads subsiding, worrying landslips and I want to make sure that all the agencies that can play a part in resolving this are working together closely with local MPs, to make sure that the government is giving all its support and guidance.

"We are spending a lot of money, a lot of taxpayers money on flood defences, two point three billion pounds. We've added one hundred and twenty million in November, and much of it is being spent in the south west, and that's what the government's primary objective should be, to build flood defences."

Shaun Pengelly, who runs a diner in Looe, is calling for a new breakwater to stop storm surges.

Speaking after downpours in December, he told Pirate FM: "Plymouth has got one, even Polperro has got a small one. It would stop all the big surges, because it's not the tide. The tide could be at top tide, and you not get flooded, and then all of a sudden you'll get a surge coming in from out in the bay, and it'll flood Looe out in two or three minutes."

2:40pm 5th February 2013

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