Temporary defence work after huge waves

EMERGENCY work has been carried out to provide temporary protection for Felixstowe's sea defences after high tides again battered the resort's coast.

EMERGENCY work has been carried out to provide temporary protection for Felixstowe's sea defences after high tides again battered the resort's coast.

Contractors worked at low water to put back six sections of damaged prom where the sea had lifted huge pieces of the concrete path.

They were able to slot most of them back roughly into their positions to provide a temporary repair and keep the sea from scouring away parts of the walkway.

However, walkers have been urged to be careful along the affected areas as there are still high edges where people could trip.

No work has started yet in the gardens - which were flooded by three feet of water and left deep in sand and shingle - as officials are waiting to see if further tides cause more damage over the next few days, especially as the wind is set to remain easterly.

Suffolk Coastal District councillor Doreen Savage visited the scene yesterday to see the damage and work which was done over the weekend.

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She said: “I am very pleased to see that repairs have already been made and our contractors are keeping a close eye on this and working hard to make sure the area is protected. We need to be on top of this all winter.”

The Sea Road area was the worst affected by the tides which flooded the seafront gardens, shelters and toilets, and even lapped over into the road on Friday .

Part of Manor Terrace was flooded as water found a way through the defences, with homes and gardens in the area being protected by floodboards and sandbags.

A few beach huts at the Manor End were jostled together. Earlier in the week those opposite Beach Station Road had been moved.

Waves also washed across Undercliff Road East in one place, threatening a garden and leaving the road strewn with shingle.

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