Prince and Duchess meet Braunton flood victims

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Media captionIn December, dozens of properties in Braunton were flooded

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have met flood victims in north Devon.

Dozens of properties were flooded in December in Braunton after £1.2m river defences were "overwhelmed".

The Environment Agency (EA) said the flood prevention scheme had reduced the risk of flooding from the River Caen from a 1 in 20 chance to a 1 in 100.

Hundreds of people were in Braunton to see the couple, who also visited Plymouth and Exeter.

'Terrific morale booster'

In December, the main road in Braunton was under several feet of water as heavy rain led to flooding across the South West.

Business owner, Dave Poulter, who had almost 3ft (0.9m) of flood water in his shop, said: "I think it was a terrific morale booster... they are terrific people.

"Their visit is appreciated. [Prince Charles] chatted for a while and the Duchess said she had been flooded three times herself, so she understands what people face and the clearing up process afterwards."

The flood prevention scheme opened in June 2012.

Paul Gainey, from the EA, said: "No scheme can remove the risk of flooding entirely and we were disappointed to see Braunton affected by such extreme weather and experiencing flooding so soon after the scheme was completed.

"Helping recovery and improving resilience in communities affected by flooding caused by the extreme rainfall between July 2012 and January 2013 remains our number one priority."

Prince Charles and the Duchess also met injured service personnel in Plymouth and attended a thanksgiving service, with a 600 strong congregation, at Exeter Cathedral.

Image caption Braunton was one of several places across Devon and Cornwall hit by flooding in December

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