Flood defences considered for Camperdown

PUBLISHED: 16:32 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:32 19 January 2016


Measures including raising roads and new flood gates are being considered to help reduce the risk of flooding from ‘extreme sea levels’ in the Camperdown area of Exmouth.

The proposals have emerged through work on the Exmouth Tidal Defence Study, which is being carried out by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and the Environment Agency.

The study is considering flooding risks from the mouth of Withycombe Brook right round to the seafront, but following a briefing with councillors in December the project team recently met with residents from Camperdown Terrace to discuss how the options may specifically affect their properties and Camperdown Creek.

Proposals in that area range from building walls along the estuaryside, said to have the potential to provide protection for 100 years, through to options such as flood gates and road raising further inland, which could protect for 30 years.

Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We received some really good feedback on the options, with a preference for inland road raising rather than a large perimeter wall and the residents themselves suggesting some further options such as impounding the creek which the project team will consider further.”

A further public consultation event is planned at Exmouth Town Hall on February 3, which all residents are invited to attend. A business case will then be prepared to submit to the Environment Agency in the spring.

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