Work On Hull Flood Defences Gets Underway

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Work On Hull Flood Defences Gets Underway

Work On Hull Flood Defences Gets Underway

Work to bolster Hull’s flood defences is underway despite the Covid-19 outbreak. Hull Daily Mail recently reported that work has started on the construction of a new flood defence wall at Victoria Pier.

This is just one element of a £42 million package of tidal flood defences designed to help protect the city from rising sea levels.

The Environment Agency is leading the project and stressed that all the work is being undertaken in line with the government’s guidance on safe working practices, which includes ensuring that staff are able to social distance.

A new steel sheet-pile wall is being constructed 2.5m into the Humber, which has been designed to protect the edge of the historic Victoria Pier. In addition, a concrete flood defence wall is being constructed on top of the structure.

This will feature glazed panels to maintain the views across the estuary, the news provider noted.

Project manager at the Environment Agency Helen Tattersdale commented: “We’re thrilled with the progress made so far on this vital scheme and very pleased to be starting work on the Victoria Pier section this month.”

She revealed that, with sea levels projected to rise by more than one metre in the coming century, these new defences will protect 113,000 properties.

According to the Environment Agency, there have been three major tidal events in Hull in the past 65 years, of which the most damaging occurred in December 2013. This saw the existing flood defences overtopped and resulted in 264 properties being flooded.

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