A £1 million flood prevention scheme in Axminster has been completed, the Devon County Council said in their latest release.
The council’s scheme in Willhay Lane, which has widened and realigned the Millbrook culvert to improve its capacity and flow of water, now provides vital protection to over 160 homes.
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for flooding, said: “I’m sure these improvements will be welcomed by the local residents in this part of Axminster who have suffered flooding in the past. This has been one of our priority schemes to reduce risk and it has improved the standard of protection up to a one in 100 year flood event.”
Councillor Ian Hall, Devon County Councillor for Axminster, added: “These improvements have removed the bottleneck where the Millbrook approaches Willhay Lane and the rail culvert. This now reduces the risk of flooding to around 160 homes.”
“I recently inspected the area and would like to say a great job has been completed and I would also like to thank Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and my predecessor Andrew Moulding for all the work involved to see this project come to fruition – a real team effort.”
Work has been carried out by contractor South West Highways.