CASE STUDY 8
Torbay and Devon County
Torbay, located in the English Channel in Devon, South West England.
The area has suffered from flooding over many years from a number of different sources, including surface water run-off, highway flooding, sewer flooding, main river and ordinary watercourse flooding during intense rainfall events.
As the sea level is predicted to rise by over 1 m in Torbay over the next 100 years, the frequency and impact of overtopping of the sea defences will increase, resulting in more infrastructure and properties being affected by flooding. As residential properties are at risk, the case study will assess water by looking at the effects of flooding on the water supply network. Infrastructures, environment, including biodiversity can be assessed as part of the study by investigating the effects of flooding on the local environment.
By involving the stakeholders, the case study will assess beforehand outcome measures to identify areas at risk from flooding (both directly and indirectly) and improve the protection of their apparatus from future flood risk. In addition, the outcome of the study will be used to support bids for national funding from local authorities to undertake both coastal protection schemes and flood alleviation schemes in their area.