Council unveils improved floodgates for Hunstanton sea front

New flood gates installed at Hunstanton 'Cllr Brain Long, Alan Gillings and Dave Robson ANL-150624-164643009
New flood gates installed at Hunstanton 'Cllr Brain Long, Alan Gillings and Dave Robson ANL-150624-164643009
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Seventeen metal floodgates have been installed along Hunstanton’s promenade at a cost of nearly £139,000.

The gates replace wooden stop logs and are of a similar design to the existing Environment Agency gates in Lynn.

In the event of a flood alert, they will be much quicker and easier to put in place than the old stop logs which had to be individually installed and dismantled manually.

In addition they are more secure and offer greater protection against coastal flooding. The gates have been installed to the same height as the splash wall to the promenade.

Brian Long, cabinet member for environment, said: “It was identified as part of our review of the coastal defences in Hunstanton that the stop logs needed to be replaced with flood gates to match the type of gates used by the Environment Agency in King’s Lynn.

“These new gates can be closed in minutes and will provide better protection along the promenade. The metal gates will help avoid some of the issues we experienced in December 2013 where the wave action lifted out the wooden stop logs from their housings.”

The gates, which were supplied and installed by IBS Engineering Products Limited in June, have an expected lifespan of 50 years.

In addition, a total of £226,685 was awarded in Government-funded Repair and Renewal Grants to properties flooded during the December 2013 tidal surge.

A total of 55 grants were processed, protecting 62 properties.

Each of the properties received a site survey as part of their application and 16 properties also received site audits to ensure that flood prevention measures have been installed correctly.

Mr Long said: “It’s hard to believe that we have only just finalised the flood recovery work as a result of the December 2013 tidal surge.

“It just goes to show the extent of flood damage and the cost and time it takes to repair. December 2013 was an extraordinary and rare event, but I would urge people in coastal or flood risk areas to make sure they have signed up for flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency and have followed any advice they have been given on flood prevention measures.”