Budleigh Cricket Club was left under water for the second time in four years after the Friday night rain.

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Budleigh Cricket Club lies in water sodden ruins after being hit by devastating flooding for the second time in just four years, and the club have now been forced to seek a temporary home to continue to fulfil their 1st and 2nd XI fixtures in the Francis Clark Devon League.

The Friday night rain coupled with the bursting of the banks of the River Otter left the Budleigh clubhouse almost totally submerged!

Secretary Kevin Curran said: “From around 5pm on the Friday when we knew there was trouble brewing we and the first signs were evident of the water coming into the pavilion we managed to get some of the furnishings up into the loft the water. The water even then rose by 15 feet in only a few hours. It rose even higher than the 2008 flood. It will not recede until the blocked outfall on the beach can be cleared to allow water to escape which will not be until the next low tide. We are at the end of the Otter valley and act like a big sink at times of major flooding which gives the water no escape. We did manage to remove most of the memorabilia but the bar will be destroyed and stock and it looks like the equipment shed where after the last flood we raised the floor level is also going to suffer on the basis that the water will have reached a higher level than 2008. Ignoring equipment I would guess a setback to the club of around £30k, and that really is a conservative estimate! Clearly if machinery is also lost then that figure is going to rise substantially. We are unable to include flood cover in our insurances. We are urgently exploring alternative ground sources to fulfil our 2012 league fixtures. It is also so soul-destroying, even heartbreaking, for all the Colts and our Community League players and the 438 club members not least those of us on the committee who work so hard, Whilst this rainfall is unprecedented the two means of water escaping are ineffective and totally inadequate. The Environment Agency are responsible for one escape route which is ineffective and doesn’t function correctly. East Devon District Council have responsibility for the main escape of water which comprises an out fall at the eastern end of the beach which gets blocked with shingle each incoming tide and requires a tractor to clear away shingle if the tide and waves permit . For over ten years the club and local residents who suffer periodic flooding of their homes have pressed for permanent solutions, but apart from studies to consider how best to progress we still wait for EDDC to undertake any rectification works.”

The entire Francis Clark League programme was washed out on Saturday and that took then matches off count this soggy 2012 season to a whopping 262 of the 745 matches that should, have been played to date!

Make sure of your copy of the Exmouth Journal (next out on Thursday, July 11) in which there will be more of the flood devastation pictures and an update on the mopping up operation and the club’s bid to find temporary accommodation.

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