Work is underway to determine the best way to manage the risk of tidal flooding at Starcross and Cockwood on the Exe Estuary in Devon.
The scheme is being accelerated as part of the March 2015 Budget announcement regarding the 6-year flood defense program.
The coastal villages of Starcross and Cockwood lie on the west side of the Exe Estuary and the area has a history of flooding. With the expectation of increased storminess and sea level rise, the Environment Agency is starting work on a tidal defense scheme for the area.
Martin Davies, Flood and Coastal Risk Management Advisor for the Environment Agency, said: “In addition to managing current flood risk, the scheme will also help to reduce the risk of future flooding resulting from climate change. The proposed timings will see the detailed design stage commencing from autumn 2015.”
The Environment Agency plans to identify a number of possible options to address the risk of flooding in the area. These decisions will be made at the next stage of the project following public consultation.
People will have the opportunity to comment on the initial proposals for managing flood risk during a public exhibition, which is planned for 12 noon on 16 October 2015 at Starcross Pavilion.