Shoring up sea defences: work starts on protecting coastal town

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More than £40 million is being spent to protect thousands of homes and businesses from flooding in Great Yarmouth.

In a major project 46 flood defence walls are being repaired in a move that should protect the town for decades.

The work should expand the lifespan of the walls for decades. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The work, which is expected to complete next year, will upgrade the level of protection from tidal flooding to more than 4,500 homes and businesses in the local area.

46 flood defence walls will be refurbished at locations across the town using an innovative technique that will extend their lifespan by up to 30 years.

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The importance of flood protection is keenly felt in the town- 10 people died there in the 1953 floods. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Great Yarmouth has a history of flooding. The town lost 10 people during the 1953 floods and more than 9,000 people were evacuated from their homes during the 2013 tidal surge.

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