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26 November 2013, 11:52
A public consultation on Devon's flood risk management strategy will be launched on Wednesday 27th November.
The draft document covers everything from engaging with communities and preparing for floods, responding to flood events, collaborating on flood risk studies and investing in flood improvements.
As Lead Local Flood Authority for the area, Devon County Council has produced the strategy to outline the plans and procedures in place to ensure that Devon communities are better prepared for any future flooding which may occur.
In 2011, numerous towns and villages, from Modbury, Colebrook to Braunton suffered from poor drainage, run-off and burst river banks.
The action plan prioritises areas and communities that require flood help and further works.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Flood Prevention, said: "The strategy aims to balance the needs of communities, the economy and the environment in setting out objectives for investing in flood defence in Devon and how this will be achieved.
"The document should act as a first point of call for anyone looking for guidance on any flood risk management issues in Devon.
"It's extremely helpful in signposting where relevant information can be found.
"I hope communities will take the opportunity to view the draft strategy and we would welcome any comments during the consultation."
The strategy has been produced in line with the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
Anyone who would like to provide any comments on the Strategy can view the documents online at www.devon.gov.uk/floodriskstrategy and respond using the strategy consultation response form.