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Another hole in the wall
Friday, 10 January 2014
DAMAGE: Canvey sea wall at Eastern Esplanade. Picture by Mark Cleveland
Strong winds and tidal surges batter Canvey defences causing more damage
A SECOND gaping hole has appeared in Canvey Island sea wall.
The new opening appeared at Eastern Esplanade at the end of last week after a sustained battering by high tides and strong winds.
A council flood supremo has called for urgent action to repair it.
Ray Howard, Essex County and Castle Point Council portfolio holder for flooding, urged the Environment Agency to act fast.
Contractors came out to inspect the yawning gap on Monday and the agency hopes repair work will start this week.
Mr Howard said: “This new gap in the wall is much bigger than the one we had last year at Thorny Bay. That was finally filled in just before Christmas after months of asking.
“Agency contractors have been to look at the hole already and have said they will be back as soon as the weather allows.
“There is no immediate danger from the hole. The sea won't come rushing in, but it could undermine the path above if it’s not fixed.
“I can understand the public being alarmed by it though and that's why I am pressing for it to be filled in as soon as possible.”
An Environment Agency spokesman confirmed work on the new hole would start as soon as possible.
He said: “On Friday, additional damage was caused to another part of sea defences in Canvey Island at Leigh Beck due to high tides and stormy conditions.
“We were on site with our contractors on Monday discussing options for repair. The damage has not reduced the performance of the flood defence and has not led to any increase in flood risk to people or properties.
“Although the horizontal surface is not for public access, we have nevertheless installed safety warning notices to advise the public of the damage.”
Canvey sea defences withstood the biggest tidal surge in 60 years last month and Mr Howard described them ‘as the best in the country.’
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