Extra money for householders 'grievously affected' by flooding
FLOODED homes in Buckfastleigh will benefit from extra Government cash to tackle flooding, say ministers.
Calls were made for the funding to be rolled out as quickly as possible after householders in Buckfastleigh and Kennford were 'grievously affected' by the impact of recent heavy rainfall.
Prime Minister David Cameron visited Buckfastleigh after more than two dozen properties in and around Station Road were flooded last November, in what residents described as the worst such incident in living memory.
Neighbours, shop workers and councillors all rushed to help by building sandbag defences, deal with blocked culverts, drains and fallen trees, and rescuing possessions from private homes.
An additional £120million was announced towards the end of last year for flood defences, in the wake of spending cuts.
Speaking in the Commons, Mel Stride, Tory MP for Central Devon, said the extra money would be welcomed by his constituents 'not least those in Buckfastleigh and Kennford, who were grievously affected by the recent flooding'.
Mr Stride told Environment Minister Richard Benyon: "May I urge him to ensure it is rolled out as quickly as possible, and may I also ask him how many properties in Devon will benefit from it?"
Responding, Mr Benyon said: "I can tell him that £35million of the £120million we announced in the autumn statement last year is already available for the 2013-14 financial year, and the remaining £85million will be allocated to schemes starting in 2014-15.
"That means that 5,000 homes in Devon will benefit from additional funds."