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Residents raise concerns about flooding at meeting in Braunton

By NDJAndrea  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

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The centre of Braunton flooded heavily in December despite the installation of a £1.2million flood defence scheme last June

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ABOUT 100 people attended a drop-in meeting in Braunton with representatives from key agencies to discuss the widespread flooding which swamped the village just before Christmas.

Residents' main concerns related to the village's new £1.2 million flood defence scheme which was opened in June last year.

The issue of whether the drains were cleared regularly enough was also raised.

And residents asked questions about IPP (Individual Property Protection) funding which enables eligible householders to buy their own flood protection devices.

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The meeting which was held in Braunton Parish Hall was organised by Devon County Council and the Environment Agency with support of the district council, police, fire service and South West Water.

It followed the village's worst flooding in decades in which 30 commercial properties and 12 homes were flooded in the lead up to Christmas.

Paul Gainey, spokesman for the Environment Agency, said the village's flood protection scheme did work but was overwhelmed by the amount of rain.

He said: "It did what it was designed to do but unfortunately its capacity was exceeded by the volume of rain that fell.

"On the back of this we need to look at the scheme to see if there are any minor improvements we can do to make it more robust."

The Environment Agency will also be doing a performance maintenance check to see if any repairs need to be done to the scheme following the flood.

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