Colne Barrier gets major refurbishment
8 May 2014 01:05 PM
Barrier will carry on
protecting over 2,000 homes for years to come.
The Colne Barrier, which reduces
the risk of tidal flooding to more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the
Wivenhoe and Colchester areas, will get some important maintenance during May
and June this year.
Stuart Barbrook, Environment
Agency Project Manager said:
The Colne Barrier is an
important piece of infrastructure that provides vital protection from flood
risk to homes and businesses in this area. The work we are doing will make sure
that it continues to do this for many years to come.
The barrier was built in 1992
and was designed to last for 50 years with the exception of the mechanical and
electrical components which have a shorter life of around 20 years. It is
operated a number of times each year and is an important part of the defences
that protect Essex from tidal flooding. The barrier’s worth was
particularly demonstrated during the December 2013 tidal surge, the worst tidal
surge to hit the East Coast for 60 years.
Work begins on 6 May and runs
into June. Both gates will be lifted and refurbished on site. This may mean
some disruption to local people. Stuart Barbrook said
We will make every effort to
keep this disruption to a minimum and are extremely grateful for the support of
the local community. However, if people do have concerns please do get in
Stuart can be contacted by
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning the
Environment Agency on 03708 506506.