Residents have been invited to a public exhibition to learn more about work taking place as part of a £12m project to protect Exmouth from flooding.
Details on the progress of the town’s tidal defence scheme will be available at the event at the town hall on Friday, June 28, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
The project includes new flood walls, ground raising, flood gates and property flood resilience measures along the seafront and estuary-side.
It will reduce flood risk for 1,800 properties.
A collaboration between the Environment Agency (EA) and East Devon District Council (EDDC), it is due to be completed by 2021.
Ben Johnstone, EA flood and coastal risk manager for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “We are very pleased to see our contractors starting work. The start of construction is a really important step on the way to reducing tidal flood risk from the Exe Estuary in Exmouth.
“We would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding while we carry out this important project.”
Planning permission for the Exmouth Tidal Defence scheme was granted by EDDC in January. The go-ahead was for a hybrid application that included outline submissions for Morton Crescent and the Alexandra Terrace junction.
A full application for the Alexandra Terrace junction – which involves simplifying the road layout by reducing access to one lane and adding a traffic island to make it easier for pedestrians to cross – was submitted in May.
These changes will allow the route to be closed off in storms with flood gates so that lower-lying properties inland are better protected from coastal flooding.
All are welcome to the public exhibition at Exmouth Town Hall to see the planned improvements.
Information will also be available about the construction work that has already begun on the Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme.
This includes a new tidal defence wall, which is being built alongside Royal Avenue, together with ground raising within the nature reserve to the north.
Work is due to start this month on strengthening the existing sea wall on the Esplanade, as well as new tidal defences in the Camperdown Terrace area.
Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “It’s great to be working together with the EA and local community to manage the risk to Exmouth from climate change, and invest in the future of the town.”
The £12million scheme will reduce flood risk from the current four per cent chance of in any year to a 0.5 per cent.
The scheme design takes into account the impacts of climate change and a sea level rise, so the defence can be improved in future years as needed.
The Exmouth scheme is part of the EA’s programme of £2.6billion investment into flood defences across the country.
You can check your flood risk and register to receive free warnings by visiting www.gov.uk/prepare-for-a-flood or calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.