Hunstanton Sea Life boss pleads for higher defences following tidal surge

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Improvements to sea defences must be made in Hunstanton, says the manager of the town’s Sea Life Sanctuary, which is still closed due to flood damage.

Nigel Croasdale and his staff are working hard to repair the damage wrecked by December’s tidal surge to reopen the site in the summer.

Industrial fans have been brought into draw moisture out of the walls.

But Mr Croasdale would like to see improvements made to the flood barriers and sea wall.

He said: “They say it was the worst flood for 60 years however that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen again. It would be heartbreaking to go through this process and then find we have another flood to the same extent.

“I would like to see anything that could be done to improve the flood defences further.

“Hunstanton has quite good sea defences but I think improvements could be made to the flood barriers.

“If the sea wall had been another half metre high then we might not be in this situation now.”

A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: “Sea defences are being reviewed as part of the Wash East Coastal Management Strategy and options are being considered on a costs/benefits basis. If there is a case for the sea wall in that area to be higher, it will be considered as part of the overall strategy. As part of this review, the council has already committed to replacing the flood boards in the area, with flood gates to offer increased protection.”