Keeping water out – but not everywhere?
A public exhibition was held on 5 December outlining the proposed construction of a tidal surge barrier in the New Cut, to be built in 2011 and 2012. This will "reduce flood risk to Ipswich," as the Environment Agency says. But residents in the Wherstead Road area below the barrier are less happy. New higher lock gates to the Wet Dock were installed on 7 Dec.
Newsletter Jan 2009 (Snippets)
By the time of this Newsletter’s publication, the tidal flood barrier installed across the New Cut of the River Orwell should be operational, helping to protect 422 businesses in the Waterfront area of the town centre, as well as 1,600 homes.
The £70 million flood defence project to design, construct and install the 20 metre wide tidal barrier gate on behalf of the Environment Agency has been undertaken by VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business.