Work has ended on a £540,000 programme of works to help protect Braunton from flooding

Caen Street in Braunton was badly hit by severe flooding in 2012. Picture: Alison Serret. Caen Street in Braunton was badly hit by severe flooding in 2012. Picture: Alison Serret.

Work has been completed on Braunton’s £540,000 flood improvement scheme.

The final phase has seen a pumping station established off the highway, downstream of Caen Bridge.

This will supplement the improved drainage system in Caen Street, which was upgraded earlier this year, with the installation of larger drainage pipes and an improved outlet to allow surface water to flow from the middle of the road toward the river.

In times of high river levels, when the drainage system is unable to discharge into the river, the pumping station will operate to alleviate surface water flooding.

The new flood defence works should be able to better cope if the River Caen rises again. Picture: Sarah Howells. The new flood defence works should be able to better cope if the River Caen rises again. Picture: Sarah Howells.

The pumping station will be adopted by Braunton Parish Council, which will operate and maintain it in future.

The scheme, which has been funded by Devon County Council, Local Levy and DEFRA’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid, was carried out by contractor MacPlant and provides a protection standard of up to a 1 in 50 year surface water flood event.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council cabinet member for flooding, said: “This scheme has provided much needed resilience against the risk of flooding in Braunton.

“The properties in Caen Street, which includes many businesses, now have a much improved standard of protection against flooding.

In 2012 the River Caen was running extremely high. Picture: Sarah Howells. In 2012 the River Caen was running extremely high. Picture: Sarah Howells.

“We very much appreciate the co-operation and patience of the local community throughout the delivery of the scheme.”

Councillor Caroline Chugg, county councillor for Braunton Rural, added: “We are really pleased to see completion of the second phase of surface water improvements.

“The village is at risk of flooding from various sources and these works will complement those previously carried out by the Environment Agency, giving further reassurances against the risk of future flooding.

I’m delighted the council took up my suggestion to take the opportunity to upgrade the car park entrance off Caen Street which should help alleviate the impact of queuing vehicles. I will continue to work with the district and county councils to help address the air quality issues in Braunton.”