Devon communities get £60,000 flood prevention cash

Flooding in Modbury, 7 July 2012 Modbury is to get help with flood prevention after it was hit by deluges last year

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Devon towns and villages are to get about £60,000 to prevent flooding.

The county council has pinpointed weaknesses after storms led to widespread problems last summer.

Plans include £8,000 on new debris grills at Purze Brook, Axminster, £10,000 to divert floods at Sandygate, Kingsteignton and £10,000 on new sluice gates at Dawlish Water.

Modbury, where more than 30 properties were flooded, will get £20,000 on debris grills.

Councillor Stuart Hughes said: "A lot of these measures, such as debris grills, may seem minor in themselves, but they should have a considerable impact in tackling the problems which compounded the effect of the heavy rainfall which Devon suffered last year.

"These schemes should help to protect our communities and make them more resilient against flooding in future."

He said £3,000 would be spent carrying out CCTV investigations on an old culvert in Combeinteignhead.

Detailed investigations of the flood risk in Arnold Crescent, Newts Hill and Prior Road in Tiverton will also be carried out at a cost of £4,000.

Buckland Monachorum will get £2,500 for new gullies and a drainage pipe in Buckland Lane.

Further investigations are going on into flooding which hit Devon in November and December with the aim of providing more flood prevention schemes.

The county council has estimated the total cost of clearing up flood damage and fixing damaged roads last year at £12.2m.

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