It is full steam ahead for major Environment Agency work to repair the crumbing river walls alongside Steamer Quay in Totnes. The work was expected to start last year but workmen closed off part of the public riverside path earlier this month as they began to move in heavy equipment.
The project has been planned ahead of the much larger £3 million Totnes flood prevention scheme.
The project is designed to protect some 213 homes and 204 commercial premises deemed at risk from flooding in the town with higher flood walls stretching from the railway bridge over the Dart to the Steam Packet pub.
The project also involves raising the level of the Ashford Slip on The plains and installing flood gates at the Steam Packet along with special flood windows and doors to some individual properties.
The main scheme is expected to go ahead once the Steamer Quay project is complete.