Flood fund of £1.25m is launched in county

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COMMUNITIES that want to prepare themselves against flooding can start applying for council funding.

West Sussex County Council has a kitty of £1.25m for projects in West Sussex that help tackle flooding.

The funding can be used for the clearing of neglected ditches, buying equipment such as waders or diggers, commissioning surveys and developing community flood plans.

Geoff Lowry, head of highways and transport in West Sussex, said: ‘This is an opportunity for people to work with us to fix problems caused by extreme weather.

‘Our aim is to get these funds out as quickly as possible so people can start preparing for heavy rains the next time they come. Operation Watershed is committed to helping communities help themselves, resolve issues and prepare for extreme events where they can.’

For more information email operation.watershed@westsussex.gov.uk.