Work has begun to protect more than a thousand homes and businesses in Morpeth in Northumberland, four years after flooding devastated the town.
A number of young oak trees have been removed from the riverside to make way for protective walls.
The work is expected to take until early next year and has been welcomed by residents who think that the work is long overdue.
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The developer says the water rides are on a par with those found at premier water parks in Dubai and Florida.
Work will be undertaken to replace coping stones from the southern parapet and reset stones on the northwest corner of County Bridge.
Coastline Records was set up by five Music Technology students to help revitalise the local music scene.