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The Cornwall Community Flood Forum has successfully teamed up with Cornwall Council to attract nearly a quarter of a million pounds of grant funding from the Government to develop projects that help communities, homes and businesses at risk of flooding.
Cornwall has been awarded £238,000 from DEFRA's Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder scheme to increase community resilience by building on projects funded through the Cornwall Community Flood Forum and the 2010 flood recovery process.
The Government scheme is aimed at communities where flooding is a major risk. Projects which receive funding will be required to develop innovative solutions that demonstrate they can reduce the levels of flood risk in measurable ways. The funding allocated to Cornwall will be used to deliver a range of projects over the next two years to help communities prepare for potential flooding. These will include installing measures to reduce run-off from open land, help town centre businesses to respond to the impact of flooding and installing a network of rain gauges with data accessible via the internet.
Households and businesses at risk of flooding will also be issued with information to raise flood awareness and provide practical advice.