The beautiful Westcountry county of Devon – famous for its desolate moors, fossil-rich Jurassic Coast and cream teas – has had more than its fair share of rain this winter. The BBC reported earlier this week that “…heavy rainfall had caused landslides flooding and road damage.” So, when Trish Pay and her daughter Jo heard the rain during their weekly church service, Jo decided to leave early to put up the flood protection barriers that we installed in 2013. Erecting the flood defences saved their cottages from the flooding that occurred when the Venn Stream, a tributary to the river Taw, burst its banks.
Trish Pay, whose cottage is in the village Bishop's Tawton, told us:
“We are so pleased and could not be happier, we were at church when my daughter decided she would leave early worrying that we needed to get the flood defences up. It was a good job she did as the flood water rose so fast. We just had to let you know how well they worked and stopped us from being flooded out. Thank you.”
Her daughter, who lives in the cottage next door also emailed us the image at the top of this blog:
“Here is the photo, it displays the height of the water outside, but thankfully your flood boards were amazing! Mum spoke to you to express her thanks and I want to tell you they are so worth it! Thanks again.”
We installed Jo’s and Trish’s flood protection in November 2013. Look closely at the picture and you can see both the front door barrier and the garage entrance way barrier doing what they are designed to do – holding back the floodwaters. The 3.35 metre (11 feet) long entrance barrier is at its absolute limit holding back two feet of water. In total, five barriers were installed to protect four doors and the garage entrance, all of them were put to the test – and passed – on Sunday 21st January.
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