Dawlish flood defences see £400,000 repairs

Gabions at Dawlish Warren
Image caption The gabions have become exposed and damaged by the sea

More than £400,000 is being spent on repairing flood defences which protect homes along a Devon estuary.

A 200m stretch of defences is being repaired at Dawlish Warren by the Environment Agency.

Rock-filled baskets along the sand dunes act as the "backbone" to protect the warren from the sea, a spokesman said. The work will last three months.

The money will replace the baskets which have been damaged and exposed by the sea, he added.

Dawlish Warren is a sandy spit which extends into the mouth of the Exe estuary.

The defences are made up of 17 timbre groynes and rock-filled baskets, called gabions, and concrete.

The agency spokesman said: "Because a large amount of sand has been washed by waves from the seaward side of the dunes the existing gabions have become exposed and damaged."

New rock-filled baskets will be placed along the base of the dunes, and then covered with sand.

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