Flood defence repairs continue

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WORK was continuing today on repairs to damaged flood defences following last week’s bad weather.

An RAF Chinook helicopter was drafted in from RAF Odiham in Hampshire on Friday and Saturday and used winches to move tonnes of boulders from the sea front to Seal Sands, at Greatham Creek, to prevent further flooding at Port Clarence.

After the helicopter completed its operation on Saturday, the Environment Agency yesterday sent out its ARC (acoustic remote control) boat, which helps measure water speed and depth, to do survey work and assess the situation before the agency considers its next step in carrying out permanent repairs.

An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “The helicopter finished its work on Saturday. The main priority was making the defences stable.

“Now we know they are stable, we are looking at what permanent work can be put in place.

“We need to start looking at work to fix it and our ARC boats will be out again today.”

Port Clarence and the A178 Tees Road at Seaton Carew were closed throughout Friday after Thursday’s high winds and subsequent tidal surge left many coastal areas under water.

Temperatures are to peak at 10C today, with 5mph winds.




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