Picture reveals how Lowestoft could be underwater from extreme flooding if defences aren’t built
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Views are being sought on a £25million flood defence scheme for Lowestoft.
The project includes a permanent tidal wall around the harbour to protect against future tidal surges, with a tidal gate near to the Bascule bridge to prevent surge water entering Lake Lothing.
This week, Waveney District Council has released an image how Lowestoft could look if the defences are not built.
The image reflects a one in 200 chance of actual flooding without protection and highlights the risk the town is facing.
It shows key areas of Lowestoft under water, including business units off Whapload Road, businesses along the banks of Lake Lothing, the rail station and the bottom end of London Road North.
David Ritchie, Waveney's deputy leader and cabinet member for planning and coastal management, said: 'This is a significant project for Lowestoft which will provide permanent and effective flood protection for years to come.
'We would encourage people to get involved in the consultation and learn more about the options and the benefits the scheme could bring to the town.'
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Lowestoft suffered severe flooding during the December 2013 tidal surge, which saw homes and businesses flooded and was described by the Environment Agency as a one in 200 year event.
The public consultation for the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project will begin on Monday and ends on July 29.
As well as the sea defences, the project includes measures to reduce flooding from rivers and extreme rainfall.
Consultation documents can be viewed online at www.lowestoftfrmp.org.uk or in person at Lowestoft Library, Riverside and the Marina Centre.
A two-day public drop-in session will take place on June 20 and 21 at the Hatfield Hotel from 2.30pm until 7pm.