The first phase of a two-stage scheme to reduce flood at Caen Street in Braunton has now been completed. Following completion of work to upgrade the drainage system, Caen Street was reopened to traffic on Friday. Larger diameter drainage pipes have been installed and an improved outlet which will allow surface water to flow from the middle of the road toward the river. Devon County Council says the scheme is one of its main flood defence priorities, and is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to commercial properties. It will also reduce flood-associated problems experienced by traffic heading to and from communities west of Braunton. Phase two, the installation of a pumping station off the highway, will start after the summer holiday period. The station will operate when river levels are high and the gravity drainage system is unable to discharge into the river and unable to alleviate surface water flooding. The road wont be closed during the second phase of the work, although traffic lights may be needed. Once completed the scheme will achieve a protection standard of up to a one in 50 year surface water flood event and will complement improvements carried out on the River Caen by the Environment Agency.