New cover to help save homes from flooding

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THOUSANDS of pounds have been spent to give a Petersfield flood grille a makeover.

It is hoped the new investment will help protect 20 properties from flooding.

The Environment Agency invested £21,800 to improve an old grille structure, which used to get clogged up and flood, near the Winchester Road area.

Situated in the Petersfield Stream, the grille protects the two large drainage channels in the centre of the town from becoming blocked with debris.

Mehran Gholam-Shehni, of the Environment Agency said: ‘Climate change will increase the likelihood of flooding in the future, but we can prepare for it.

‘Improvements to our flood grilles and structures are vital to ensure we can appropriately deal with periods of heavy rainfall when they occur.’

For further information on how to prepare for flooding and to obtain copies of the Environment Agency’s flooding advice guides, visit environment-agency.gov.uk/flood or call the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.