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Government 'committed' to protecting Laxey from floods

Plans for flood prevention measures on display in village

The infrastructure minister says there's a 'clear political commitment' to deliver effective flood prevention measures in Laxey.

Multi-million pound plans are currently being displayed in the Working Men's Institute in the village, with members of the public able to have their say.

Work is expected to be carried out over the next two to three years in a combined effort between Manx Utilities, the Department of Infrastructure and engineering consultants JBA.

Tim Baker told Local Democracy Reporter Chris Cave he's keen to see the Laxey community protected in the long-term:

It's approaching a year since a major incident was declared after severe flooding hit Laxey.

Residents were left trapped in their homes and the village was cut off for a time when the river burst its banks and poured into the streets.

Input from members of the public is now being welcomed as flood alleviation plans are put on display.

Garff MHK Martyn Perkins says the concerns of the community need to be heard:

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