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Work planned to start on Ivybridge flood risk management scheme

Photo of flooding in Ivybridge

Posted on: 20 December 2019

Work is due to start in the New Year on a vital flood risk management scheme in Ivybridge.

The Devon County Council scheme, which is expected to start on Monday 13 January, aims to address surface water flooding experienced by residents at Claymans Pathway and Slipperstone Drive.

There is currently a significant risk of flooding in this area, and the community is prone to flooding when the capacity of surface water drainage systems in the area is exceeded.

More than 75 properties will benefit from the £750,000 scheme, which has been funded by the County Council, Defra Flood Defence Grant in Aid, Local Levy and South Hams District Council. It will provide improved protection up to a one in 100-year flood event.

The capacity of a culvert running from Stibbs Lane will be increased – collecting flood water upstream of the areas at risk and essentially acting as a bypass to carry it downstream where it then discharges into a brook.

The initial phase of the project in Woodlands Park and Hanger Down, upstream of the residential area, was completed earlier this year.

Photo of Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Councillor for Ivybridge and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Environment, said: “I’m very pleased that this scheme will get to grips with surface water problems. The design has been a challenge with so many underground services in the area, and I would ask residents to bear with us during construction. However, I’m sure the improved protection against flooding will be welcomed by property owners in these areas of Ivybridge.”

Construction work is due to finish at the end of April.

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