WITHIN two years hundreds of homes in Gloucestershire will receive flood protection as the county council injects £758,000 into 13 different schemes aimed to reduce the risk of flooding.

Following another wet winter which saw some parts of the county under water, the council has approved 13 proposals for new schemes that will drastically reduce the possibility of flooding.

The money is hoped will significantly reduce the risk of flooding for 639 households in the country, all of which have previously flooded, including Frampton-on-Severn.

Preparation work for these 13 different projects is starting immediately and the county council is hopeful most of the work will be finished in 2014/15.

The work is being carried out in partnership with local councils and relevant agencies and will involve a variety of measures including flood defences, watercourse improvements and improving resilience for individual houses.

Other areas that will see flood prevention measures installed include Lydney, Gloucester, Newent, Quedgeley, Brockweir, Oakley, Moreton in Marsh.

As well as these areas, a portion of the money will be spent on providing individual property level flood protection for a number of homes near to the River Severn in Tewkesbury Borough.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: “I know how devastating flooding can be and that’s why this council has taken the decision to invest this money into schemes that will genuinely change the lives of the people whose homes have been affected by flooding over the last seven years.

“It’s great that these improvements are being carried out so quickly. If we do have another wet winter I know this work will make a huge difference.”