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Flood-Hit Families Asked To Help Stop It Happening Again

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3:20pm 25th March 2013

Cornish families hit by flooding are being asked to help stop it happening again.

Cornwall Council is urging victims to hand in information, photos or videos so it can work out why some areas were so badly affected.

It comes after Looe pensioner Susan Norman died when a landslide turned her flat to rubble. In a statement, her family called her death an "avoidable tragedy."

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "The information on flooded homes will help the Council and the Environment Agency to identify the reasons why some areas were affected and others were not and look at how this can be prevented, or the impact reduced, in future."

Meantime, Cornwall has been awarded £238,000 to fight flooding.

The government cash will go into projects which were started up after the downpours in 2010

It is part of £5 million being invested to help communities across the country improve flood defence schemes.

Richard Benyon, Environment Minister, said: "We want to help local communities do more to protect their homes and possessions from the risk of flooding. The Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Scheme will enable communities to find simple, effective ways to minimise their flood risk, improve their levels of preparedness, and build confidence and increased peace of mind."

3:20pm 25th March 2013

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