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Cash boost to combat flood threat

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Flooding chiefs have thrown a lifeline to under-threat homes and businesses in Derbyshire by handing over £240,000 to help reduce the risk of a future deluge.

The windfall is a welcome boost for those facing soaring home insurance bills as the threat of the rising tide sent premiums rocketing.

The Environment Agency will use the Defra funding for a project to replant and restore peat bogs on heavily eroded moorland in the Peak District National Park. Peat bogs help to reduce floods by delaying the run-off of water from higher grounds.

As well as reducing the flood peak downstream, the work will also help to preserve the carbon stored in the peat deposits and improve the quality of water coming off the moors.

Three sites are set to benefit in the Upper Derwent catchment, the source of regular flooding in the Lower Derwent, which includes Derby.

Mark Haslam, Environment Agency area environment manager, said: "We want to manage the very real risks of climate change and flooding by increasing the buffering capacity of the Peak District moors to hold back storm water and reduce flood peaks."

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