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Major flood defence work to start

Flooding on River Trent
The Environment Agency says thousands of homes will be protected

Work on a £51m scheme to improve flood defences along a stretch of the River Trent is due to begin.

The Environment Agency project covering 27km (17 miles) will run from Sawley in Derbyshire to Colwick near Nottingham.

The agency says 16,000 properties in Nottingham, Sawley, Long Eaton, Colwick, Rylands and Attenborough will gain extra protection from flooding.

The first phase of the scheme will be carried out between Sawley and the River Erewash.

Residents in Attenborough had opposed the scheme saying the Environment Agency's flood wall would spoil the conservation area.

Innes Thomson, from the Environment Agency, said: "It is one of the biggest and most complex flood alleviation schemes ever built in Britain."

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