SX9372 : Flood wall under construction, Gales Hill: 2

taken 12 years ago, near to Teignmouth, Devon, England

Flood wall under construction, Gales Hill: 2
Flood wall under construction, Gales Hill: 2
The unobtrusive tidal flood defences across the river in Shaldon were photographed after completion. The Teignmouth scheme provides an opportunity to see construction in progress. The attractive flood walls of local stone are seen to be substantial structures, relying on a core of reinforced concrete.

Gales Hill might seem a surprising name for a flat road along the waterfront. Robert Gale was a tailor who had a shop here in the 19th century at a time when the present town centre was being laid out on drained marshland. Ye Olde Jolly Sailor in the background, "Teignmouth's oldest pub", was built in the early 16th century as the Ferry Boat Inn. Information from Grace Griffiths' History of Teignmouth.
Teignmouth's tidal flood defences

Following the success of the Shaldon and Ringmore tidal flood defence scheme across the river, the Environment Agency and its contractor Interserve are implementing a site-specific scheme for Teignmouth's back beach (officially the river beach). Here, high tides exacerbated by strong winds can cause flooding to the residential properties and businesses along the beach and the lanes that lead to it.

The scheme was announced in December 2011 LinkExternal link The different conditions compared to Shaldon require flood walls, doors and windows to be constructed at the face of the affected buildings. The appearance is not pretty but the work will protect these properties especially in future if sea levels rise. Another element of the scheme is to re-engineer a storm water holding tank and the deck covering it by Gales Hill, a minor access along the waterfront north of the New Quay Inn. It is believed that measures will also be taken to minimise the risk of pollution reaching the river.

The limited extent of the works, compared to the Shaldon and Ringmore scheme, means that they must all be undertaken simultaneously. Every effort has been made to reduce disruption to businesses, residents and the public.

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Geographical Context: Coastal Boundary, Barrier City, Town centre Construction, Development Estuary, Marine other tags: Flood Wall Flood Defences Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 18 January, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9391 7278 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:32.7079N 3:29.9198W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9391 7278
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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