The Environment Agency has started work on the £3.8 million scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to over 400 homes and businesses in Totnes.
According to EA, the scheme involves improving existing flood defenses along the River Dart from the mainline railway bridge to the Steam Packet Inn.
Other measures include providing a new flood wall within Morrisons car park, raising Ashford slipway and providing flood resilience measures to individual properties and flood gates.
The Environment Agency reported that work has started on a section of the scheme which didn’t need planning permission in January but now South Hams District Council has given the rest of the scheme the green light.
Once work is completed on Broadmarsh Industrial Estate, work will move to the areas of New Walk, Throgmorton and the Morrisons car park.
Designs for the scheme were drawn up following discussions with landowners and property owners and a public drop-in session in the town in April 2016 and follow-up discussions have been taking place since that time.
The scheme is due to be completed by next winter.