EA begins £3.8m Totnes flood scheme

The Environment Agency (EA) has started work on a £3.8million scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to over 400 homes and businesses in Totnes.

The scheme will involve improving existing flood defences along the River Dart from the mainline railway bridge to the Steam Packet Inn. Other measures include providing a new flood wall within Morrisons car park, raising Ashford slipway and providing flood resilience measures to individual properties and flood gates.

Work already began on a portion of the initiative in January, but now South Hams District Council has granted planning permission for the rest of the scheme.

Dan Boswell, for the Environment Agency, said: “This is a fantastic milestone for us and the residents we have been working with to help us shape our designs.

“Since the construction of the original defences flood risk has changed and in recent years there have been at least 2 occasions – 2008 and 2014 - where some properties in the town have come close to flooding from the River Dart.

“We always ask people to stay flood aware. People can check their flood risk online, by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by following @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”