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‘Just-in-Time’ Emergency Response to Tidal Surge - continued

Residents of Walberswick, Suffolk are reminded of the height of the flood in 1953.To ensure the works were completed on time, Land & Water supplied both day and night shift operators, who, at very short notice, cancelled all other plans for the weekend.

Residents of Walberswick, Suffolk are reminded of the height of the flood in 1953.
Phopto:: Nigel Chadwick

This enabled the machine to work 24 hours a day until late on Sunday when the works were complete. The excavator was cleaned and loaded back onto overnight transport to be back on the original customer’s site for Monday Morning – almost as if it had never been away!

Richard Houghton, Operations Manager at the Environment Agency said, “These flood defences could not have been repaired without this specialist plant and the Land & Water team behind it.

“We were impressed with the immediate response we received from them - especially at the point of enquiry where by thinking outside the box (instead of saying the machine wasn’t available) – they found a way to make the machine available.

“With a fantastic team effort between the Land & Water team and my own team, the job was completed safely, quickly and in a way that was extremely sensitive to natural environment around us. And a special thank you to a very understanding customer from whom we, literally, took the machine from under his nose.”

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