Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk/Norfolk: Some coast flood defences may not be reinstated following surge

21:49 22 January 2014

The aftermath of the tidal surge at at Shingle Street

The aftermath of the tidal surge at at Shingle Street

© Copypright Mike Page, All Rights Reserved Before any use is made of this picture, including dispaly, publication, broadcast,

Some Norfolk and Suffolk sea defences may not be reinstated following the tidal surge which hit last month.

Environment Agency boss Paul Leinster told MPs that his agency is questioning whether or not it will allow the water that has broken through to remain.

Brancaster, Blakeney and Salthouse are all areas that the agency is considering allowing the salt water to create new habitats. During a select committee session on the recent storms which have caused widespread flooding the EA chief executive was questioned on the speed of repairs to the breached barriers.

But he said: “For some of the situation, the flood defences are still under water. We physically can’t get to them to inspect them. In other places we will have discussions with Natural England and others as to whether we are going to reinstate those flood defences, or whether we will allow the water that has now broken through to remain. So you can imagine some of the places up on the North Norfolk Coast or some of the places in Suffolk where some defences have broken through. They were protecting particular types of habitat. The questions has to be do we reinstate those defences and then allow fresh water habitat to re-establish, or allow inter-tidal habitat to establish.”

But he added: “The bit I would like to assure is properly and people are being protected and we have carried out all of the emergency works we need to and put in temporary works we to need to protect people and property.”

Mark Johnson, coastal manager for the Environment Agency said: “Last month’s combination of strong winds, large waves and high tides led to a record tidal surge along many parts of the coast.

“This had a large impact on areas along the North Norfolk coast that needs thorough evaluation before any decisions are made.

“We have already employed Halcrow as consultants to review the situation in Brancaster, Blakeney and Salthouse.

“We are expecting their report next month. The report and discussions with our partners and those affected will help us to consider our options for the North Norfolk coast.”


Fundraisers at Sandman 2015. This year's event has been cancelled. Image: Kevin Bell

A fundraising event which had hoped to raise tens of thousands for an Essex hospice this weekend has been cancelled.

Corrie CCTV Screen

An abandoned van has been seized by police searching for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague, aged 23.

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

Suffolk police officers are attempting to trace a group seen talking to Corrie McKeague at a pizza takeaway on the night of his disappearance.

Archie Joe Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby. Archie, four months, was killed and Daniel-Jay was seriously injured after being bitten by a dog at their Colchester home.

A four-month-old baby was snatched from his mother’s arms by the family dog and mauled to death, an inquest has heard.

Police were called to the crash

A man in his 30s is in hospital with serious injuries after a crash Stowmarket last night.

Ron Harris outside the first home he shared with his wife, Nina, at Shingle Street before the Second World War. Photo supplied for Life on the Edge by the Harris family.

It’s a place with tragedy and mystery in its past – but as many stories of resilient determination to build a community amid its wild and isolated environment.

Corrie McKeague's last ever sighting at 3.24am September 24 2016. CCTV still from Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds. The building in the background is the edge of Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre

A video of the last ever sighting of Corrie McKeague has been released, as four weeks pass with no new leads.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24