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Work to rebuild a collapsed river wall in Bridgwater should finish in less than three weeks after 18 months of repairs.
The outside face is being restored with original stone and a new drainage system is being installed.
Four other sections of the old harbour wall were also strengthened during the work, which has been hampered by bad weather.
Weather-permitting, the work at West Quay should end on 6 June.
It's taken almost eight months, but the final phase of repair work on West Quay in Bridgwater is now under way. The wall was damaged during flooding in the town in November last year.
It's been a huge engineering task, and a 32 tonne excavator has now been bought into position to dismantle parts of the wall.
Richard Lawrence has the story:
A review meeting to consider how authorities responded to the Bridgwater wall collapse is being held later. Sedgemoor District Council is looking at whether its evacuation procedures worked effectively. The river wall's undergoing repairs after collapsing last November.
Bridgwater's river wall should be repaired much quicker that expected. Somerset County Council says the work should be completed by the Autumn. The wall collapsed following heavy rain in November. Initial estimates put the completion date at 18 months.
Work to rebuild the collapsed wall at West Quay in Bridgwater will have cost £400,000 by May. The wall should end up looking almost exactly as it did before and the same stone will be reused. Work should be completed by September.
Peter Radford of Somerset County Council tells our reporter Bob Cruwys that the wall was moving 50mm per hour in the beginning but it has stopped. Precise surveying shows buildings are stable. It is the thinnest part of the wall at a pinch point on the River Parrett.
A restaurant that closed when a river wall in Bridgwater collapsed re-opens tomorrow.
Green Olive had only been open for nine weeks before the collapse. Erdal Sahin who runs the restaurant says customers have been stopping him in the street to ask when he's opening again.
A surveyor who's been monitoring the buildings and measuring every brick along the top of the wall once a week has told our reporter Bob Cruwys there's been no significant movement since the week it happened back in November.
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A report into what led to the collapse of Bridgwater’s West Quay river wall has concluded that no single agency or event was to blame.