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Lowestoft's temporary flood barriers to be tested ahead of winter season




A Suffolk coastal town's temporary flood barriers will be tested today ahead of the winter season.

A training exercise will be carried out in Lowestoft to test the deployment of a section of the barriers, which reduce the town's risk of flooding, at 7pm.

East Suffolk Council said the temporary barriers are tested every year, with the operators put through their paces, to ensure the authority can provide the "best possible response to the threat of a North Sea tidal surge".

East Suffolk Council has said it will test Lowestoft's temporary flood barriers on Tuesday evening
East Suffolk Council has said it will test Lowestoft's temporary flood barriers on Tuesday evening

Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said the work to test the barriers was "essential" to avoid the severity of the flooding experienced by the town, its residents and businesses, in December 2013.

He said: "If required, the temporary flood barriers are deployed in places around the town where flooding was at its worst at that time.

"Each year, we carry out a trial deployment to ensure we are ready to face the winter.

“In July this year the Government awarded Lowestoft £43m to build permanent tidal flood walls and a tidal barrier.

"Until these are in place, we will deploy our temporary barriers to reduce the risk of flooding to people, homes and businesses”.

This evening, the exercise, which will last around four hours, will be held at Waveney Road where around 100m of the barrier will be deployed.

This spans the low spot north of the Bascule Bridge and Port Control building, around Waveney Road towards the Outer Harbour.

The flood barrier will be erected, disassembled and re-stowed as part of the night-time exercise – with port operations free to continue after the work is complete.

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