Shepway's flood defences completed

Contributed by editor on Oct 22, 2004 - 05:44 PM

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It is hoped the threat of flooding has been lifted with the completion of Shepway's coastal defence scheme.

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One of the District's biggest coastal defence schemes was opened by constituency MP Michael Howard today (22 October).

The  £13m scheme should save Sandgate from a re-run of floods that hit the town in 1990 after a flood wall burst. The work will also reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion for the next 50 years.

The project stretches from Hythe to Folkestone Harbour and will protect the area's 3,000 homes.

200,000 tons of rock have been used to create groynes and 800,000 tons of shingle added to the existing beaches.