Picture reveals how Lowestoft could be underwater from extreme flooding if defences aren’t built

An image released by Waveney District Council of a one in 200 chance of flooding in Lowestoft if the

An image released by Waveney District Council of a one in 200 chance of flooding in Lowestoft if the new defences are not built - Credit: Archant

Views are being sought on a £25million flood defence scheme for Lowestoft.

Notleys in Lowestoft during the tidal surge of December 5, 2013

Notleys in Lowestoft during the tidal surge of December 5, 2013 - Credit: Archant

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.


You may also want to watch:


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.'

Most Read

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.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus