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£12m scheme to stop Exmouth flooding

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Plans for a £12m tidal defence scheme to protect Exmouth from flooding have been submitted.

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with East Devon District Council on a new tidal defence scheme to reduce the risk of flooding from the sea to more than 1,400 homes and 400 businesses in the town.

The scheme, which involves floodgates across the seafront and a stronger sea wall, is being designed and will be built by civil engineering contractor Team Van Oord, and plans have now been submitted to East Devon District Council.

Documents with the application say: “The project has been developed to increase the protection of Exmouth against tidal flooding. Exmouth is currently protected against a 1-in-25 year flood, but the standard of protection is reduced further due to wave overtopping. In such events, there is likely to be damage to homes, businesses and local infrastructure.

“This application seeks to reduce the risk of damage due to flooding in the future to Exmouth through the construction of new flood walls, ground raising, floodgates, and resilience measures.

Plans have also been submitted for proposed strengthening works, insertion of drainage holes, installation of square plates and works associated with installation of floodgates and posts to the Exmouth Sea Wall.

 

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