Seawalls in Suffolk to be better-prepared for future floods
Seawalls in Suffolk will be better prepared for future floods after work to improve them by the Environment Agency started this week.
Vegetation that could cause structural problems will be removed from existing defences on the Deben Estuary.
Richard Houghton, operations manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We want to make sure that sea defences offer the best standard of flood protection to people and their property.
“By doing this work now we will be able to more easily inspect our sea defences and ensure that, where necessary, we maintain them appropriately.”
The Environment Agency will cut grass along the bank to a minimum height of 150mm and remove larger shrubs and trees, helping them to inspect the seawalls more easily.
After the vegetation has been cleared, more beneficial species of flora that protects and binds the surface of the bank can be attracted.
In Woodbridge, the Environment Agency will also carry out work to the hard defences by repairing cracks in the concrete and relaying brickwork.
During March, and into the following months, they will be working on defences at the following locations with landowner consent: Sutton Hoo, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, north and south of Wilford Bridge, Bawdsey Marsh, Kirton, and Shingle Street to Bawdsey.
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