Flood resilience

Community flood resilience – the response of people at risk of flooding – is important. Quite often simple actions by householders and communities can significantly reduce local vulnerability and the level of any damages from flood events.

The Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Project was a partnership between Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and the Environment Agency. The DEFRA funding went towards a package of measures to improve local community resilience so that they are better prepared against the risk of flooding.

Many of the actions have brought tangible benefits to local communities and have built confidence in dealing with future floods. Through working together with the support of local agencies and authorities, communities have been empowered to take action for themselves. The Final Report shares the learning and showcases the work of some very proactive Devon communities.

Below is a film showcasing Topsham’s Flood Group carrying out a Flooding Exercise:


Thanks to the motivation, tenacity, positive can-do attitude of the flood groups and their members, communities are now better equipped to deal with future flood events.

As part of the legacy of the project, DCC together with the Police, Fire Service, Environment Agency, Plymouth and Torbay Councils, District Councils, Devon Communities Together and the Devon Association of Local Councils have joined forces to form The Devon Community Resilience Forum. The aim of the Forum is to work with communities and individuals to harness local resources and expertise, to help plan how to prepare, respond and recover from events such as flooding.

Devon County Council Property Level Resilience (PLR) Grant Scheme

Devon County Council is committed to increasing community resilience in Devon and is supported by DEFRA to deliver property level resilience measures. Working closely with a number of partners, DCC aims to help individual property owners be better equipped with the tools and basic defence measures they need to be able to deal with flooding. As such a new PLR Grant Scheme has been established to enable home owners to apply for up to £5,000 to carry out a survey of the property, identifying the required resilience measures, and to purchase the recommended measures. Any additional budget requirements will be at the expense of the property owner.

There is limited funding, with an allocation to be made available each year by DEFRA, Local Levy and DCC. Applications will therefore be prioritised based on fixed criteria set out in the PLR Grant Policy Document in order to maximize the number of properties benefitting from this opportunity and to ensure those properties with the greatest need will receive the funding.

If you believe you are eligible to apply for the grant, as detailed in the Policy, you must first complete an Application form (also available in PDF format) and either email to floodrisk@devon.gov.uk or post to Flood & Coastal Risk Management, Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD in order for your application to be considered.

See our PLR Flow Chart for how the full process works.

Important things to note:

  1. It is the responsibility of individual property owners to protect their homes from flooding and that this grant scheme aims to assist property owners in doing so.
  2. Funding will be allocated subject to the number and priority of applications received and there can be no guarantee of funding being provided, even though the required criteria may have been met.
  3. All grant payments will be made to the survey consultant and product supplier for the specific individual property. No funding will be paid direct to the property owner or their representative/agent.
  4. This is a new initiative being made available by Devon County Council and may be subject to minor amendments as the scheme matures.
  5. The decision of Devon County Council’s prioritisation is final once allocations are approved and confirmed.

Last Updated: February 2019