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PORTSMOUTH City Council is protecting homes in Southsea at risk of flooding.

A total of 23 homes in Ravenswood Gardens and Florence Road are having special equipment fitted for free to defend against floods.

It comes after the council won a grant from the Environment Agency.

The national body provided £74,000 towards the £76,500, with the council adding the rest.

Work include sealing brickwork, fitting covers for airbricks, installing valves to stop floodwater entering sink and toilet pipes, and providing portable flood barriers which can be bolted across doorways.

Tony Lewis, who lives with wife Heather in a flat in Chiltern Court, Florence Road, said: ‘We’ve now got automatic covers for their air bricks in our flat and a board which can go across our patio doors.

‘There are eight boards for the block altogether. When we get a flood warning we run round the building with them and screw them into place.’

The properties were among the worst affected by floods that hit Southsea after a freak rainstorm in 2000.

Cllr Eleanor Scott, the council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Community Safety, said: ‘We’re delighted that we’ve been able to help protect some of the most at-risk homes in the area.

‘Many people remember just how bad the flooding of 2000 was. Year on year we have been working with the Environment Agency to do what we can, with the money available, to safeguard homes that were worst hit.’