Repairs to sea defences underway at Heacham and Snettisham

Repairs being mad to sea defences at Snettisham. Repairs being mad to sea defences at Snettisham.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
1:33 PM

The Environment Agency has started emergency repairs to sea defences at Heacham and Snettisham after they were damaged during last Thursday’s tidal surge.

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The defences were damaged at Shepherds Port, Snettisham, and Heacham Dam, when the most serious tidal surge for over 60 years washed part of the shingle flood bank away.

The shingle bank between the Heacham North beach and Snettisham has lost significant quantities of material and has a number of holes - the largest being around 8 metres long.

The emergency repairs are vital to protect over 3000 properties from flooding.

Julie Foley, area manager for the Environment Agency, said:

“Our teams have quickly recognised the risk to people and properties in this area and have started emergency repairs on the flood defences as soon as possible.

“We are concentrating on filling the holes in the flood defences and using material from the beach to reinstate the banks where possible.

“Because of the extensive damage to the flood defences, it may not be possible to restore them to the same level of protection as before in the short term.

“We are continuing to work with our partners to recover from the tidal surge and ensure that everyone affected is protected from flooding as much as possible.”

The initial emergency repairs are expected to be completed by Monday, December 16.

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