Full steam ahead for Phase 3 of Feniton flood alleviation project

Authored by Mary

Feniton is set to see its long planned flood relief culvert (Phase 3 of the Feniton Flood Alleviation Scheme) installed under the railway line over the weekend of 2 and 3 May 2020

East Devon District Councillors gave approval for Phase 3 at a meeting of Cabinet on 5 February 2020.

Cabinet’s go ahead follows a successful bid by the council for additional central government...

Flooding hastens spread of Japanese knotweed across Devon and Cornwall

Authored by News Desk

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...

Help tackle flood risk in West Country

Authored by Mary

The Environment Agency has announced that it is looking for enthusiastic individuals to get involved in managing flood risk in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee is one of 12 committees across the country that make key decisions on local priorities for flood and coastal risk management.

The Environment Agency is looking...

Don't risk driving through floodwater

Authored by Mary

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking residents to heed warnings not to enter floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.

Fire crews were called to several incidents where vehicles were stuck in floodwater to carry out rescues over the festive period. On 3 January, a cyclist was rescued in Newton Abbot after getting into difficulty near a swollen river...

Stay safe and remain vigilant during stormy weather

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Devon County Council is urging people to take care and remain vigilant as bad weather continues in the South West.

High winds and heavy rainfall have caused localised flooding and disruption on many of Devon’s roads, and motorists are being advised to take extra care.

People are also being urged to avoid coastal and river areas as the severe weather continues to cause water...

Sign up to be #floodaware

Authored by Mary

Almost five million people in England are at risk of flooding. As well as checking flood risk, people can also find out what to do if a flood happens and how to reduce risk to their personal safety and property.

The website also includes practical advice on how to prepare for flooding, such as moving treasured possessions upstairs and having important documents easily to hand.


Council plan to reduce flood risk to properties

Authored by Mary

Council plan to reduce flood risk to properties Thousands of homes and businesses will have their flood risk reduced with the potential work Devon County Council is involved in delivering over the coming years.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet will be asked next week (Wednesday 11 March) to approve the flood risk action plan for the coming financial year.

The proposed Action Plan...

Floods destroy: be prepared!

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As winter approaches, the Environment Agency is urging people across the West Country to be prepared for possible flooding.

Last winter was the wettest for nearly 250 years and around 6,000 properties flooded across the country. Among the worst hit was Somerset, where, in some areas, people were evacuated from their homes and whole communities suffered major flood damage and disruption...

Insurers meet Government for flood clear-up summit

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

Insurance leaders will meet with Government Ministers today to discuss the industry’s response to the recent floods in the South West and Thames Valley at a Downing Street summit today.

Ministers are likely to call on the industry to ensure that floods claims are processed as soon as possible.

Companies representing 60% of the insurance market are due to report to ministers on...

Floods: 'Town or Country' warns Environment Agency boss

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The UK must make “difficult choices” between protecting towns or countryside from future flooding according to Environment Agency boss, Lord Smith.

Lord Smith argued that there was no “bottomless purse” for flood defences and that current guidance which gives priority to lives and homes “involves tricky issues of policy and priority: town or country, front rooms or farmland?”