Topsham prepared for any flooding

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 October 2015

Topsham Flood Wardens Adrian Folland and cllr Margaret Baldwin are among around a dozen wardens who will help to co-ordinate efforts in the event of flooding and the pair are pictured on their way to check properties on Ferry Road as part of the exercise this week. Ref ext 2229-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Topsham Flood Wardens Adrian Folland and cllr Margaret Baldwin are among around a dozen wardens who will help to co-ordinate efforts in the event of flooding and the pair are pictured on their way to check properties on Ferry Road as part of the exercise this week. Ref ext 2229-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Organisers of a flood defence test held in the town said people living in the vulnerable areas were very well prepared.

The Topsham Emergency Group (TEG) tested the flood defences in areas of the town which were worst affected by floods in 2014.

Volunteers also tested out new equipment, including high-visibility clothing, which has been purchased, thanks to a £1,500 Devon Community Fund grant.

TEG has been working with Exeter City Council, Devon County Council and the Environment Agency to get plans in place.

Liz Hodges, of the Topsham Emergency Group, said: “It went very well and was a very good test of everybody’s defences.

“Since the last flood in 2014, everyone has been working very hard, so we decided to have a test.

“I would say 80 per cent of residents in the flood zone have got defences and others have looked at what they need to do.

“The chances are it might not happen again, but it is best to be prepared.”

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