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Campaigners win battle over Clyst Valley

The Clyst Valley shrouded in mist this morning Credit: ITV News

Campaigners have won their battle to protect hundreds of acres of farmland near Exeter from being flooded regularly.

The Environment Agency has dropped a multi million pound project to create a tidal wetland area for birds in the Clyst Valley.

It's a victory for common sense. The Environment Agency must have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on the consultants and it's achieved nothing. A small fraction of that money could have been spent repairing the ditches, picking out the dead trees, allowing the water to escape into the river like a natural flood plain should do.

– Michael Dart, Farmer

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Campaign to stop waste being poured down drains

Campaign to stop waste being poured down drains Credit: ITV News West Country

Little yellow fish have been painted next to many of the drains in Teignmouth. The Environment Agency has sprayed them as part of a campaign to prevent people pouring waste down them, particularly fat.

They're storm water drains that discharge straight into the sea, so any other waste will pollute the local waters.

Farmer calls for EA compensation

A farmer from Somerset says contractors used by the Environment Agency have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to his land - and he hasn't received any compensation.

James Hall's yard at Northmoor was used to store vehicles and building equipment during the flooding on the Levels. Now he's been told that the Environment Agency plans to use his land again.

Flood farmer in dispute with Environment Agency

James Hall on his farm in Somerset Credit: ITV West Country News

A farmer from Somerset says he's been insulted by the Environment Agency after they threatened to bring cranes onto his land without his permission.

James Hall's yard at Northmoor was used by contractors during the flooding on the Somerset Levels causing around £8,500 worth of damage.

Now the Agency need to use the space again to remove pumps from a nearby river. But James says he can't afford any more disruption.

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Seven flood warnings across the South West

Last night's heavy rain is starting to have its effect on rivers across the West Country. The Environment Agency has now issued seven flood warnings for the region as the water levels rise.

  • River Axe (Upper) from Winsham to Axminster inc Chard Junction & Weycrof
  • River Teign (Lower) from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton
  • River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary
  • River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton
  • River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster
  • A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge
  • Curry Moor and Hay Moor
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