£7million project to help improve flood resilience in Devon communities

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Posted: Mon, 08/23/2021 - 11:07pm

A pioneering project to help Devon communities become more resilient against flooding and climate change has been awarded just over £7 million of Government funding.

Devon County Council’s initiative 'Managing Big Problems in Small Places' is one of 25 across the country to have successfully secured a share of £150 million funding from the Department for Food & Rural Affairs’ Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme (FCRIP).

The six-year project, which is currently in its development phase, is due to launch next spring. It will aim to identify a range of low...

Storm warning – flooding can invalidate both car and home insurance

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Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 - 5:33pm

With two months’ rain forecast to fall in 36 hours, a leading insurance comparison website is warning policy holders to be aware what their insurance policies do and do not cover for their home and cars.

Storm Christoph will sweep England and Wales from Tuesday, bringing up to 20cm of rain in places. Large areas of already saturated land and melting snow will push up river levels and increase flood risks.

In response, The Environment Agency has issued more than 120 flood warnings across England and Wales.

Quotezone.co.uk says motorists with fully-comprehensive car...

Storm Christoph could cause flooding issues

Take extra care on the county’s roads – that’s the message from Devon County Council with Storm Christoph set to hit on Wednesday (20 January).

A Yellow Severe Weather Warning has been issued by the Met Office, with heavy persistent rain forecast from the early hours of Wednesday until around midday on Thursday.

Higher ground across the county is most likely to be affected but up to 50mm of rainfall could impact widespread areas, potentially leading to surface water and flooding.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway...

Flooding hastens spread of Japanese knotweed across Devon

Heavy rainfall across the south west of England in autumn 2019[1] will have prompted the spread of invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam, which can hitch a ride in floodwater to spread and take hold in new locations, warns Environet UK.

Homeowners who live near watercourses, particularly those in areas hit by severe flooding in recent months such as Plymouth, Helston and Penzance, are particularly at risk and should be vigilant for new infestations appearing this spring.

Most of England received above average rainfall in autumn 2019,...

£4.8m flood defence scheme for Starcross and Cockwood officially opened

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Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 - 5:41am

Today (5th April 2019) has seen the official opening of Starcross and Cockwood’s £4.8 million flood defence scheme. The new coastal defences include four new flood gates, newly raised ground, slipway improvements and nearly 600 metres of raised and refurbished flood walls.

Alongside the project’s flood defence benefits, the project has included work to enhance habitats for local wildlife and to improve walkways for residents around Cockwood Harbour.

The scheme significantly reduces the risk of tidal flooding to the communities of Starcross and Cockwood taking into account...

Communities to benefit from almost £3m investment in flood risk management

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Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 6:55am

Almost £3 million will be invested in greater flood protection next year as part of Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan.

Councillors have (Wednesday 13 March) approved plans to target essential flood improvements in high-risk areas across Devon and increase the resilience of several communities.

Many of the schemes detailed in the plan are already underway or due to start in 2019, including surface water improvements in Sidmouth, Exeter and Ivybridge as well as major flood management construction work in Modbury.

Other proposed schemes include...

Church bells will be the back-up warning for flooding in Starcross.

The Environment Agency has worked with Starcross Flood Group, St Paul's Church and flood wardens to create a contingency plan unique to the village if all usual forms of communication fail.

The chances of residents not getting warned by traditional electronic methods via the flood warning service are remote. But every flood plan has a contingency and Megan Debenham, the Flood Group Co-ordinator for Starcross, suggested using the 18th and 19th-century bells in St Paul's Church.

Community fundraisers and funding from the agency has restored the bells and surrounding masonry...

Mary Dhonau OBE

If you’ve made your home flood resilient, Mary Dhonau wants to hear from you

Do you live in a flood risk area? Has your home or business flooded? Have you had to make changes to your property to protect it against future flooding? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Mary Dhonau OBE, chief executive of the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign wants to hear from you, for a new eBook that provides examples of real-life flood resilience case studies.

Mary is a champion for community-based flood resilience, and has become a prolific flood awareness and resilience campaigner. Known affectionately as ‘Mary Queen of Floods’ she currently sits as a leader...

Flood improvements due to start in Lympstone

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Posted: Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:06am

Flood improvement works are scheduled to take place in Longmeadow Road in Lympstone later this month.

Repairs will be carried out to an old brick and pipe culvert under the road, starting from Monday 21 May, in order to reduce the flood risk to at least 10 properties. The culvert carries a small stream, classed as an “Ordinary Watercourse”, which flows underneath several properties and the road itself, before discharging into the main river, the Wotton Brook. The culvert has historically become overwhelmed by large volumes of water - the last time was during a large storm event in...

Work starts on flood protection scheme for Starcross and Cockwood

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Posted: Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:10pm

More than 660 homes and businesses in Starcross and Cockwood will be better protected from coastal flooding as work starts (8 January 2018) on a new £4 million flood scheme.

In Starcross the Environment Agency will install two new floodgates at Church Road and Generals Lane slipway. They will also raise the car park levels at the Fishing and Cruising Club.

In Cockwood the harbour wall will be improved with a raised level along Dawlish Road in line with predicted sea level rises. Work is expected to take around six months and be finished by summer.

An Environment...