Work to prevent future flooding gets under way in Lowestoft

The flood alleviation scheme works in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWES

The flood alleviation scheme works in Pakefield. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

A major £2.3million investment to help reduce the risk of flooding in two areas of Lowestoft has got under way.

Plans for the flood alleviation scheme works in Pakefield. Picture: SUPPLIED

Plans for the flood alleviation scheme works in Pakefield. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: Archant

Anglian Water began preparatory works before Christmas on a £2million, six-month project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to homes, gardens and roads in All Saints Road, Pakefield.

And two weeks ago, a second, £250,000 scheme got under way around Lake Lothing to prevent seawater getting into the sewer system during high tide, improving pumping power and drainage.

The two Anglian Water schemes are just some of the projects being planned in partnership with Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council as part of the wider strategy to reduce flooding in Lowestoft.

A new tidal barrier, sea walls and improvements to the Kirkley Stream are just some of the other schemes being discussed and planned by the Suffolk Flood Management Group, which is made up of various councils and agencies with responsibility to prevent flooding.

Anglian Water's flood risk manager, Jonathan Glerum, said: 'As Lowestoft has suffered from tidal and storm flooding over the past few years – which has impacted different parts of the drainage system – there needs to be a solid, joined-up approach from all these partners to address flood risk.' He added that some roads would need to be closed during works and apologised for any inconvenience caused – but said: 'These are essential schemes and we hope everyone will recognise the benefits for the community outweigh the immediate disruption.'

Waveney District Council leader Colin Law said: 'I am pleased to see these improvements getting underway. Both schemes are part of the wider work being undertaken by a number of organisations across the town, who are working together to protect Lowestoft from future flooding.'

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