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Government funds free sandbags for households in Cornwall

By WBCraig  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

Free sandbags to homes at risk of flooding

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Cornwall Council has changed its policy on issuing sandbags after central Government announced it would fund the resource from today.

Households which are affected or at risk of flooding will now receive free sandbags, according to Geoff Brown, the council’s Cabinet member for homes and communities.

"The previous policy of the council, agreed by the last administration, was that the council would not provide sandbags, free or otherwise," said Mr Brown.

"It advised residents to purchase them for domestic use.

"This has been adhered to and, contrary to reports, the council has not sold sandbags to any residents.

"We have now been able to get assurances from media reports of the Prime Minister's speech and from the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, during his visit to Cornwall last night that the government will fully reimburse councils for providing sandbags.

"We are grateful for that assurance after some considerable uncertainty."

Cornwall Council said the process of filling and distributing the bags would take "some time", but added that it would be using all of its resources and working with partner agencies to make sure that sandbags and flood prevention advice is available to any household at risk as soon as possible.

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