Preparations begin ahead of Modbury flood improvement scheme

Flooding in Modbury

Posted on: 21 February 2018

Preparatory work for a flood improvement scheme in Modbury started this week.

Vegetation is being cleared this week (until Monday 26 February), ahead of the bird nesting season and in line with planning conditions. This work is in advance of construction of the main element of the project, which is due to start in May.

The £1.1 million improvement scheme will control the flow of water through the drainage system in Modbury town centre by storing excess water behind three bunds and by redirecting the flow of water from certain fields.

The capacity of the drainage through the town will be increased north of Church Street as it is currently unable to cope with heavy rainfall and it overflows. Other localised drainage improvements will also be made within the town.

The scheme, currently scheduled to be completed by November, will provide more than 80 homes and businesses in the town with a minimum standard of protection from a 1 in 75 year flood event, and up to the 1 in 100 year flood event for many of the properties.

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environmental Services, said:

“No doubt people will be relieved to see a start being made on this advanced work before the major parts of the scheme get underway in May. Modbury has suffered repeat flooding events over the years and this initiative will increase protection and reduce the flood risk to the many homes and businesses that have been flooded on several occasions.”

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Councillor for Salcombe, said:

“This is very good news for Modbury and will hugely increase the towns defences against flooding. I’m as delighted as will be all those affected by flooding in Modbury.”

Landscaping will be maintained for five years after the completion of the work to ensure proper establishment and growth of trees and shrubs planted to screen views of the completed bunds.

The scheme, which is being funded primarily by Devon County Council and the Government’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid, with further contributions from South Hams District Council and South West Water, was given planning permission by Devon County Council’s Development Management Committee in June last year.

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