A voluntary flood warden scheme in Feniton has been put to the test as a deluge of torrential rain and heavy winds hit East Devon.

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The village’s flood wardens have been out in force over Christmas and New Year – keeping an eye on drains and sweeping away any debris as well as reporting blocked drains. They have also been busy delivering sandbags to residents.

One of the initiative’s co-ordinators Jayne Blackmore said: “The flood warden scheme is working really well and the wardens are excellent.

Feniton currently has 21 volunteer flood wardens.

She added: “The scheme is very important. We are waiting for a flood alleviation scheme, which is not going to happen until 2016, which is when it starts – not when it is finished. The flood warden scheme is helping and it is vital for Feniton at the moment.

The flood wardens were lent some walkie talkies during the bad weather to help with communication, which Jayne says they were very grateful for. A supply of sand for the sandbags is located in the Youth Centre car park at Salisbury Close, Old Feniton village car park, Jubilee House and Fenny Bridges.

Jayne has thanked all the flood wardens for their assistance and hard work.

The scheme is looking for more volunteers particularly those in areas not affected by flooding. Those interested are urged to email floodwardens@gmail.com

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