Ben Bradshaw campaigned successfully in Parliament to get funding to boost Exeter’s flood defences. The upgrade is needed due to more extreme weather events caused by global warming.
The City Council has put its "money where its mouth is" and handed over a £3 million cheque to the Environment Agency as its contribution to the £30 million scheme.
Work has already begun on the scheme, with the aim to complete the work by late 2017.
Once finished, the scheme will reduce flood risk to over 3,000 residential and commercial properties in the city.