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Taking measures to tackle flooding in Southwell

A muddy field at the highest point overlooking Southwell Minster is the scene of the latest moves in the £4.5m scheme to avoid a repeat of the torrents of water that flooded the town in the summer of 2013.

Land belonging to Neil Malik, of Smithfield Farm, Crink Lane, flooded then, before the waters rushed down to engulf the town centre, but he is hoping new earthworks in the fields used by his 200-strong herd of sheep will play a part in keeping the town safe from any repetition.

"In 2013 we suffered flooding in the stable, the manège and on the land, but this is one of the highest points in Southwell, so everything hits here and flows down to the town centre. The works here are about addressing the root causes of the flooding rather than the symptoms," he said.

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