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Plans for A12 flood defence work at Blythburgh to go on display

17:49 14 February 2014

Tidal Surge around Suffolk

Tidal Surge around Suffolk's coast has caused major disruptions. The A12 closed both ways at Blythburgh.

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Plans to build a series of raised banks to defend the A12 at Blythburgh, near Southwold, from flooding will be unveiled at an exhibition next week.

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The Suffolk Council plans will go on display in Blythburgh village hall on Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm

Work is due to start in March on the defence banks which will protect the single carriage A road as it crosses the Blythburgh estuary, north of the village.

The scheme is about 650m in length and the council says it addresses the flooding issue present through that stretch of the A12, which is situated between tidal flood plains that are often below water level.

The decision to build the walls follows twelve 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.

The work involved extensive on-site analysis and environmental assessments.

The scheme comprises two sections of work.

The first is to construct a new west embankment and toe ditch, and the second is for the installation of sheet piling with the re-grading of the east embankment.

The west embankment will be constructed first so that a disruptive habitat survey and species translocation on the east bank can be carried out prior to piling.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said: “I’m pleased that we’re able to move forward and share our designs for the flood prevention measures which we will be able to implement this year.”

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