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Flooded village to get protection

Kempsey hit by flooding in July 2007
Kempsey was flooded in July 2007 by a brook leading to the River Severn

A flood-prone village in Worcestershire has been awarded almost £1m for new water defences as another alert is issued for the River Severn.

Kempsey residents have been campaigning for better protection after some of their homes flooded more than 23 times - in 2007 150 homes were deluged.

Residents said the region's flood defence committee had approved a grant of £900,000 for a river bank protector.

The River Severn remains on alert from Saturday after snow and ice melted.

The Environment Agency said both the River Severn and River Avon in Worcestershire were on flood watch.

Three of Herefordshire's roads remain closed due to flooding following snowfall earlier in the week.

Paytoe Lane in Leintwardine and Haywood Lane and Moreton, both in Marden, are still impassable, while many others are deemed passable with care.

Herefordshire Council said all schools in the county had reopened on Thursday.

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