MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has expressed his delight that a start is being made on curing a long-standing flooding problem in Dulverton.
Somerset Rivers Authority has handed over a £50,000 grant for preliminary investigations as part of a plan to restore the town’s medieval weir and leat.
The 150-metre long weir diverts water from the River Barle into a complex leat system believed to have been built in the 14th century to provide power for up to six watermills.
But a recent survey has uncovered a build-up of debris which has led to repeated flooding incidents, most recently in 2012 when many homes and businesses were flooded, the town was cut off, and thousands of pounds of damage caused.
As long as no major problems are encountered the full restoration scheme could start within two years.
Mr Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said many Dulverton families would greet the news with relief.