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VIDEO: Dramatic footage of flood water at Exeter Quay

By Sarah_Elliott  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

A still from the video of the flooding at Exeter Quay taken by Echo news editor Rob Sims

A still from the video of the flooding at Exeter Quay taken by Echo news editor Rob Sims

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Fresh calls are being made for the Government to improve the city’s flood defences following the deluge which caused chaos across the region.

Exeter city and Devon County Council have already pledged millions to improving Exeter’s flood prevention scheme and is calling for more cash to be made available urgently.

Exeter needs around £12m to help pay for a £25m flood relief scheme to improve the existing 50-year-old defences.

This video, taken at 10am on Sunday, shows a torrent of water flowing through the Quay.

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The River Exe burst its banks in several places and water lapped across pavements and walkways at the Quay.

Businesses used sandbags to protect their buildings as the water levels rose, and hundreds of sightseers gathered to watch the torrent flow through the city.

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  • Stuboy13  |  November 26 2012, 12:53PM

    @ Exeter1984 - I couldn't agree more, the flood defences have worked exceptionally well, I've lived in Exeter for all of my 30 years and I have never seen that much rain or the river as high, but everything worked as it should. Hundreds if not thousands of homes and businesses saved by the defences. Yes, the photos of the quay are dramatic and a stark contrast to how the river normally looks but as the report says "water lapped across pavements and walkways at the Quay" so it didn't actually cause any damage. Lets celebrate how well they worked before bleating to the government for cash in these times of austerity, particularly in an area where the defences worked.

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  • Exeter1984  |  November 26 2012, 12:20PM

    I think we should celebrate how well the city's flood defences have worked, if it wasn't for them half of Exeter would be under water. But lets not be complacent, lets keep the maintenance of the flood channels up to date and lets look to find a solution for the problems up stream.

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