December 12 2013 Latest news:
Motorists battle through the floods on the A12 at Blythburgh in November, 2006. Suffolk County Council have announced plans to build a series of raised banks to defend the A12 from flooding. Picture: LIBRARY.
By MARK BOGGIS
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Plans to build a series of raised banks to defend the A12 from flooding have been announced today.
By the end of spring next year, Suffolk County Council will have built the defence walls to protect the single carriage A road as it crosses the Blythburgh estuary, north of the village. A commitment to investigate further the building of a sluice gate has also been made.
It follows eight months of work by the county council, the Environment Agency and Natural England to model the effects of flood defences on the immediate area and downstream at Southwold Harbour. Extensive on-site analysis and computer modelling have taken place. The walls, known as ‘bunds’, can be delivered quickest and provide reliable protection while additional measures are investigated further.
This work will help to prevent a repetition of the flooding in 2007 which forced the road to be closed and caused significant disruption and economic loss to Lowestoft and the surrounding area.
Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s chairman, said: “The flooding in 2007 may have happened some six years ago this November but that doesn’t mean the effects that were caused have been forgotten.
“I’m pleased that we’re able to move forward and install the bunds by spring next year.”
Public exhibitions, setting out the proposal in more detail, will take place in Blythburgh and Southwold later this year.