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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Village 'unlikely' to flood again
Cars swept away by the floodwater
About 50 cars were swept through the village by the force of the water
The Environment Agency and the National Trust have been working hard to try and ensure there can be no repeat of last year's floods which struck Boscastle.

About 440 million gallons of water swept through the Cornish village after freak rains swelled the river.

The Environment Agency commissioned an expert study into the flood and laid a larger relief culvert.

Experts estimate that the flooding experienced in Boscastle last year could only happen once in 400 years.

It is going to be a very difficult location to find a solution to,
Gordon Trapmore, Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is now focussing on long-term ways of managing the flood risk posed by the River Valency.

Gordon Trapmore, from the agency, said more work needs to be done to reduce the risk of flooding.

"Certainly when we look at travelling through Boscastle that small bridge is a restriction so we have to look at what we can do at that point," he said.

"Can we reconstruct it in some fashion or do we need to remove it?

"But it is going to be a very difficult location to find a solution to, but again we need to do this with the community, talk to them and find out what they think is the right solution."

A lot of the area around Boscastle is owned and managed by the National Trust, including the harbour.

New technology

Over the past year it has been working hard to rebuild and strengthen the area to ensure it can cope with any future heavy downfall.

The trust has also highlighted the bridge and the river corridor as an area that needs future consideration.

It is calling for the post-flood features that were removed by human intervention to be reinstated, such as the floodplain pools above the car park and the valley floor debris traps up the Valency.

Meanwhile, the Met Office says it is using new technology to try and predict local weather conditions more accurately.

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