Thousands of Lynn residents will remain protected from flooding for the next 50 years when £2.8million is spent refurbishing flood defences along the town’s Fisher Fleet.
The Environment Agency has been awarded the money to renew and refurbish the existing flood gates which are part of flood defences protecting 3,574 properties.
News of the investmented has been welcomed byNorth West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.
Mr Bellingham said: “I am very pleased indeed that this vital infrastructure work is now in progress.
“I also think that it is very significant that this announcement comes on the 60th anniversary of the really quite catastrophic 1953 floods.
“A huge amount of work has been done since then to prevent a reoccurrence, but this set of proposals will just complete the picture.”
It is hoped that work on the project will start in March 2014 and be completed by February 2015.
Existing flood defences include a combination of flood walls and 68 flood gates which offer protection from flooding to a level of 6.3 meters.
Every defence can be closed by the Environment Agency within an hour in the event of high tides and risk of potential flooding.