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The Exeter flood defence scheme project will reduce flood risk to more than 3,000 homes and businesses in Exeter. The project is managed by the Environment Agency with support from project partners Exeter City Council and Devon County Council. The project is split into 2 phases: phase 1 is now substantially complete and phase 2 construction starts in June 2016.
Latest news on phase 2
Building of phase 2 of Exeter flood defence scheme starts in June 2016. A great deal of construction activity will take place around the city over the next 2 years.
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The Environment Agency and its contractor BMM will minimise disruption to residents and visitors by:
- accessing key areas outside of peak traffic hours to avoid contributing to local congestion
- co-ordinating with other planned road works
- restricting the hours of work to avoid noise disturbance. Normal working hours will be between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday
- opting for single lane closures where possible rather than total road closures when carrying out work on or adjacent to roads, such as Bonhay Road
- monitoring arrangements to minimise disruption if unforeseen issues arise
Countess Wear is one of the first areas of the city where construction work will start in June 2016. The Environment Agency will build a temporary access road across Northbrook golf course to avoid their construction traffic increasing congestion on Bridge Road, a busy commuter route. The Environment Agency will also work with the golf course owners to minimise impacts on golfers. The land will be reinstated to its original condition when the work is complete, around spring 2018.
Phase 1 is complete
Construction work just downstream of Exeter Quay began in 2014. The Trew’s flood relief channel and the side spill weir at the top of the channel have been lowered. This increased the flow capacity of the flood relief channel, which will help reduce flood risk during high river flows. The check weir at the downstream end of the flood relief channel will be removed in 2016 to increase capacity further.
Identifying the need for improved flood defences in Exeter
Exeter has a long history of flooding, going back as far as the 13th century. The current flood defences were built in the 1960s and 70s after devastating flooding affected more than 1,000 properties.
Although the current flood defences have worked effectively over the past 40 years, studies carried out by the Environment Agency indicate that in a more extreme flood the current scheme would not be able to protect vulnerable parts of the city.
An animation shows how Exeter might look in a flood event with a 1 in 100 (1%) chance of happening in any given year. On completion, the proposed improvements to the flood defence scheme will protect property in Exeter up to this level.
Cost of the new scheme
The scheme will cost around £32 million to complete and benefits from £6 million of government growth funding which was set aside to promote economic growth in places affected by flooding. Exeter City Council and Devon County Council are each contributing £3 million to the scheme; the remainder is being funded by flood defence grant in aid.
To contact the Exeter flood defence scheme project team email ExeterFDS@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 07769162338.
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