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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 complete and phase 2 construction is on site.
Latest news on phase 2
Building of phase 2 of the Exeter flood defence scheme started in June 2016.
The Environment Agency and its contractor BMMJV are seeking to 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
- monitoring arrangements to minimise disruption if unforeseen issues arise
Phase 1 is complete
Construction work just downstream of Exeter Quay began in 2014. The Trews 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 to the quay area during high river flows.
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.
The scheme 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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