Canvey flood barrier to receive reconditioned cladding materials
One of Canvey Island's central flood barriers is to receive cladding materials work as part of a new upgrade.
According to the Essex Echo, the entire overhaul will cost £200,000 and part of this will include reconditioning of the structure's cladding materials.
The renovation will be carried out on the barrier's three flood gates, while cogs that are used to open these openings will also be replaced.
Built between 1979 and 1983, the ageing facility is currently being reviewed by inspectors to ensure the improvement work is progressing adequately.
The barrier needs to be closed when higher-than-average tides come in, as otherwise the local East Haven Creek can flood the entire island, which is located just off the south coast of Essex in the Thames estuary.
Senior member of the East of England Flood Defence committee Ray Howard said: 'The gates have to be closed a bit more than when they were first built, they were shut six times in the last week.'
Posted by Kim Bardsley
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