There was bad surface flooding a couple of years ago in Sidmouth:
The County Council is going to spend serious money on trying to alleviate the risk:
With more from Radio Exe:
Sidmouth homes to be protected from flooding
The County Council have approved the plans, at a cost of more than £750,000
Devon County Council’s cabinet on Wednesday morning backed the Sidmouth Surface Water Improvement Scheme which will reduce the risk of surface water flooding to over 100 homes and businesses in the town.
The scheme involves the construction of a new and larger drainage system in the town centre that will divert surface water directly into the River Sid and the construction of an earth dam which will act as a surface water storage area at The Knowle.