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A scheme helping to protect homes in West Sussex from flood damage has been praised for its work.

The Operation Watershed scheme, set up by West Sussex County Council, allocated £2.35m in grants to help houses which had been damaged due to floods, and has helped restore more homes over the past two years.

The money went towards providing a range of services, including ditch clearing, digging new drainage channels and repairing pipes and culverts.

Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: ‘Thanks to Operation Watershed, residents feel safer and better prepared for the next time heavy rain arrives.’

The council is carrying out an audit on some of the properties it has helped since 2013 to ensure the work it has done is providing the proper protection.

‘West Sussex is now a much more resilient place than it was in 2013,’ added Cllr Goldsmith.

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