Work has begun on a project to reduce the risk of flooding to eight Budleigh homes.

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The scheme at Granary Lane, which is being carried out by the Environment Agency, should also help drain water from the neighbouring cricket club ground.

The scheme will see half-metre-high raised embankments, and a half-metre-high flood wall, built between properties and the cricket ground, and also a ‘spillway’ constructed on the grassed area by Lime Kiln car park.

The idea is that flood water from the River Otter will be stopped from spilling over from the cricket ground to homes, and will drain away quicker.

Work on the scheme, which received planning permission in December, is expected to take around 10 weeks, and the overall cost of the project is approximately £70,000.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The aim of the project is to reduce the flood risk to eight properties in Granary Lane.

“It came about because of the previous floods in the area, particularly in 2012.

“We have been looking at different options to reduce the risks in that area.”

The project has come not a moment too soon for the area, starting just a couple of weeks after the cricket club was again underwater during the Christmas period.

Granary Lane resident Wendy Norton, whose home was flooded while under previous ownership, said she welcomed the start of the work.

She said: “It’s brilliant. Obviously, if it’s going to prevent the flooding from happening again, it’s all the better for us.”

Cricket club secretary Kevin Curran said the scheme would bring a slight improvement to the situation at the cricket ground, but would not stop it flooding, and did not change the club’s previously stated position that it wanted to find a new ground.

He said: “It might reduce the flood level by a couple of feet, so it will make a minor difference, but it won’t prevent the flooding.”

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