Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 2 - page 23

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Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 2
“We want to see
our flood defences
back up to full working
conditions which is
why we have provided
the
Environment
Agency with an addi-
tional £270 million to
fix and maintain them over the next two
years.
Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark
Francois, said “Military personnel have
played a vital role in flood relief efforts
alongside counterparts from local au-
thorities, emergency services and other
Government departments.
“We are proud to be able to make a
contribution and will remain on hand to
provide assistance where necessary.
“Priority repairs have been completed
in Weymouth, where sea defences were
washed away by stormy seas during
January and February, at Greatham Creek
in Teeside, where flood waters ripped a
fifty metre breach in the sea defence em-
bankment, and at beaches right along the
Lincolnshire coast, dune systems are being
repaired to restore protection to over
20,000 properties.
In Kent, the River Denge frontage near
Camber was severely affected by the
storms.
Throughout the winter, Environment
Agency staff carried out emergency works
to shore up the defences and reduce the
risk of flooding to thousands of homes
across Romney Marsh. In total more than
40,000 tonnes of shingle was returned
along this stretch of the coastline.
Further along the Kent coastline sea
defences at Hythe Ranges were breached.
The Environment Agency has worked
closely with the Ministry of Defence and
contractors to stabilise the beach and
repair the damage.
This work has reduced the risk of
flooding to 68 mobile homes, 21 residential
properties and the A259.
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The groynes on
Dawlish Warren beach
were heavily damaged
by the winter storms.
The Agency is looking
at how we can further
improve the groynes
as part of the scheme.
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