Work, undertaken annually to maintain the shingle embankment which protects people and property from tidal flooding between Snettisham and Heacham, started yesterday and will be completed within two weeks.
The embankment is a type of ‘soft’ sea defence, designed to be eroded over the autumn and winter.
The storm surge on December 5 last year caused considerably more damage than usual, reducing the embankment by 75 per cent in parts and creating two significant breaches. Emergency repairs have already been completed to these areas, so regular maintenance can be done.
Ryan Ely, Environment Agency technical specialist, said: “We generally use around 7,000 cubic metres of sand and shingle to reinforce the defences, with this stage of the work bringing the defences back to the right standard.’
Dumpers move the sand and shingle from Snettisham Scalp, where it is pushed by the sea over the winter, back to denuded areas. It is then shaped by bulldozers.