Flood defence inspection cameras saving Environment Agency thousands
PUBLISHED: 09:55 08 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:12 08 November 2019
Brand new cameras are saving thousands of pounds and hours of work for Suffolk’s Environment Agency flood defence teams.
Staff from the agency regularly inspect flood gates, sluices and river networks across the county, often involving descending into waterways more than 100 years old, to ensure they are clear of debris.
The job can require CCTV specialists and diving crews to get to the trickiest spots - but now new action cameras are being used to investigate the hundreds of structures the agency owns.
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Staff have been making good use of waterproof cameras, filming when attached to telescopic carbon fibre poles or floating devices, to check if their pipes and buildings are in perfect working order.
Flood risk advisor Chris Finbow said: "Investing in this kit has delivered a huge cost saving for us and helped us carry out our inspections much more quickly and easily.
"We are finding new uses for this setup all the time, further confirming it as an essential piece of our kit."
The Environment Agency owns and maintains hundreds of culverts, flood gates, sluices and weirs, which need inspecting on an annual basis.
By using cameras to get a close-up view of these assets, senior advisors in the teams can be satisfied by the footage that the structures are intact, in good health, and can be signed off until their next scheduled inspection.
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