More funding for flood prevention schemes across West Sussex

Flooding in Pulborough back in early 2014

Flooding in Pulborough back in early 2014

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More funds for flood prevention schemes across West Sussex are set to be made available for communities.

The third phase of Operation Watershed, which has already helped fund 287 flooding projects and allocated £2.35m in grants, could see organisations bid for a share of £500,000 if approved next month.

This is due to serious flooding over the Christmas period in places such as Cumbria and Yorkshire, with previously successful schemes including ditch clearances, digging new drainage channels and fixing culverts.

If an organisation is successful in securing funding they make a commitment to maintain and monitor the work.

Louise Goldsmith, leader at WSCC, said: “We’ve all seen the scenes in Cumbria and the north of England which reminds us of the serious flooding in West Sussex in 2012 and 2013.

“Operation Watershed was launched afterwards to help communities to resolve localised flooding in their area.

“This has been so successful and appreciated by many but there is so much more to do which is why I am delighted that we have found the money to introduce Operation Watershed 3.

“We are ever vigilant to the threat of flooding and this is why we want to set aside valuable resources this year to continue this important scheme.”

She added: “Operation Watershed has a successful track record in making West Sussex communities resilient against flooding.

“People have told us how much safer and better prepared they feel when heavy rain falls.

“We want this to continue in West Sussex.”

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