Essex flood barriers repaired

The Environment Agency has repaired flood barriers defending Colchester and Wivenhoe.

Thirteen radial gates at the Colne Barrier have been refurbished and the hydraulic system that operates them overhauled. The gates themselves have been shot-blasted and repainted.

The refurbished gates allow water to flow downstream and close to prevent large tides from reaching Wivenhoe and Colchester.

The Colne Barrier protects more than 2,000 properties.