Emergency repairs carried out on North Somerset sea wall
EMERGENCY repairs had to be carried out to Kingston Seymour’s sea wall after high tides and strong winds caused a section of it to crumble.
Reconnaissance teams from the Environment Agency were out checking flood defences along the North Somerset coastline on Tuesday when they discovered the damage to a 10ft section of the sea wall at Kingston Seymour.
The force of the tides, coupled with strong winds had caused part of the tidal defence wall, constructed out of rocks and slabs, to collapse.
An emergency repair, using sandbags and temporary cement, was put in to ensure sea water was not allowed to flood onto the plains following bad weather on Tuesday night.
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A permanent repair to the sea wall, involving fibre reinforced concrete, is being carried out today (Thursday)
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “During a routine inspection following the high tides, a section of the tidal defence wall at Kingston Seymour, Somerset, was found to be damaged with a section missing.
“Our field teams carried out emergency repairs using sand bags – this worked well against the tides and prevented any tidal flooding.
“A permanent repair involving fibre reinforced concrete is now being put in place.”