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UPDATE: Woodbridge flood defence wall repairs

News ArticleUPDATE: Woodbridge flood defence wall repairs

Essential work is planned on the flood defences in your area, including repairs to the flood defence wall located along the Woodbridge water front. This is to maintain the level of defence provided by the wall.

The work will take place on the floodwall along the Woodbridge waterfront, from Tide Mill Way to Deben Rowing Club. (Please see map).

The site set up for phase 1 is planned from 7 September with temporary footpath diversions due to start from 14 September. Works need to be carried out at this time in preparation for the winter storm season.
The footpath will be kept open wherever possible and only partially closed for the minimum time necessary to ensure public safety. Diversions will be in place.

When a stretch of path is to be closed we will endeavour to advertise this on-site and notify affected businesses 2 weeks prior to each closure. All businesses and properties will be accessible despite the closures.

Environmental bodies, including Natural England, have been consulted in the preparation for this work.

Work will be carried out in 3 phases. Phases 1 and 2 will be to remove the existing reinforced concrete / brick flood defence wall from Tide Mill Way to the railway station and replace it with a similar construction type, built to the same height and footprint.

Phase 3 will be to repair the steel sheet piled defence from the railway station to Deben Rowing Club with reinforced concrete and steel sheet piling.

We anticipate phases 1 and 2 to last 6 to 8 weeks each. The timings and duration of phase 3 have yet to be confirmed. A further factsheet will be issued once we have this information.

We want to make sure that the defences offer the best standard of flood protection to people and their property. These works will allow us to continue to manage flood risk to the town of Woodbridge.

By undertaking this work now we can assure the structural integrity of the defences and therefore protection from flooding for years to come.

This information is to let you know about vital work going on in your community. We are happy to come along to community groups and residents associations to explain more about the work.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail. We will keep you up-to-date with any further developments.

Suffolk Asset Performance Team, Environment Agency, Iceni House, Cobham Road, Ipswich IP3 9JD.
01473 706004 or 03708 506506