East Devon flood victims asked to share experiences

PUBLISHED: 10:32 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

EAST Devon families and businesses hit by last week's floods are invited to a special event in Ottery St Mary next week to share their experiences with the Environment Agency and local council representatives.

EAST Devon families and businesses hit by last week's floods are invited to a special event in Ottery St Mary next week to share their experiences with the Environment Agency and local council representatives.

More than 200 properties were flooded last Thursday (October 30) following freak overnight weather including a hailstorm, snow and torrential rain.

Communities where flooding was reported include Feniton, West Hill, Stoke Canon, Kentisbeare, Talaton, Whimple, Venn Ottery, Tipton St John, Newton Poppleford, Otterton, Budleigh, Fenny Bridges, Harpford, Rockbeare, Leathermill, Payhembury, Awliscombe, Taleford, Caddhay, Fluxton and Alfington.

More than 60 mm (2.5 inches) of rain fell in under six hours.

Badly hit was Ottery St Mary where ice clogged drains, buried cars and blocked roads. At one point the town was cut off by floodwater.

Two cars were swept into the Furze Brook, impeding flows. The brook is part of the town's £4 million flood defence scheme completed by the Environment Agency in 2004.

A number of East Devon towns and villages were also affected and the authorities are keen to hear from everyone to find out the full extent of the flooding.

Environment Agency spokeswoman Adele Needham said: "We'd like the people of East Devon to share their experiences and photos of the floods with us to help the agency and local councils understand exactly what happened where during last week's flood event.

"Join us for a coffee, tell us your story and we can copy your digital photos during the session. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible."

The surgery will be held on Wednesday, November 12 at the Tumbling Weir Hotel, Ottery St Mary between 12 noon and 8pm. The event is being jointly organised by the Environment Agency, Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and Ottery St Mary Town Council.

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