Advice for East Devon flood-damaged homes

Session to be held on Tuesday

People who were affected by flash floods in East Devon earlier this month are being invited to drop-in session at Newton Poppleford on Tuesday (23 May) from 3 to 7 p.m.

Initial investigations into the scale of the damage caused by the flash floods have found that more than 100 properties in Devon suffered internal flooding. Fifty-five of the properties were in the village. Tipton St John, Colaton Raleigh, Metcombe, Venn Ottery and Exeter were also affected.

Now residents can meet with staff from Devon County Council, the Environment Agency and East Devon District Council, who can offer the following advice.

Environment Agency
– Flood warning service and the event.
– Assets and recovery work.
– Land use management, remedial works and longer-term management.
– Repair works and flood risk activity permitting requirements.
– Waste disposal advice.

Devon County Council
– Flood Team: Production of Flood Investigation Report, Property Flood Resilience, Ordinary Watercourse regulation, consideration of future flood improvements.
– Highways: maintenance and clearance of drainage systems and road surfaces.

East Devon District Council
– Housing issues.
– Waste collection and street cleaning.
– Advice on financial support that may be available.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “I would encourage everyone affected by these flash floods to attend this drop-in session and help provide us with the insight on how events unfolded. We always work closely with other agencies and authorities to hold these sessions and they have always proven to be an effective way of gaining information about flood events. It’s vitally important that the local community helps us to understand how they’ve been impacted to see what we can possibly do to reduce their flood risk in future.”

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