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Biannual battle begins to protect Folkestone and Hythe from one-in-200-year-storm

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Photo: Folkestone and Hythe District Council

 

Around 50,000 tonnes of shingle is being moved on Shepway beaches to protect homes and businesses from flooding.


Beaches provide vital protection for what is known in a one-in-200-year storm – a storm of such severity that only occurs on average once every 200 years.

Shingle however, moves with the wind and waves and, without action, some areas could potentially be vulnerable to flooding.

 

Photo: Folkestone and Hythe District Council

 

Engineers from Folkestone & Hythe District Council regularly monitor the beaches and work takes place twice each year to replenish shingle where it has been lost.

Cllr Dick Pascoe, Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Property and Environmental Health, said: “This is a major project and an important one to keep our residents safe.

“The beaches help absorb the energy of waves and if we did not monitor levels there is a risk the sea would weaken or destroy sea walls.”

Almost 1,200 truckloads will be transported between now and 7 December, when the work is scheduled to finish.

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