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Flood defences to be tested

PUBLISHED: 17:40 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 11 May 2010

THE emergency response to a North Sea surge is to be tested in a flood defence exercise throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Environment Agency will test its response to a storm surge from Hunstanton, in Norfolk, to Felixstowe, in Suffolk.

THE emergency response to a North Sea surge is to be tested in a flood defence exercise throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Environment Agency will test its response to a storm surge from Hunstanton, in Norfolk, to Felixstowe, in Suffolk.

In order to ensure existing defences are operating effectively various flood gates and boards protecting several areas including Great Yarmouth and Gorleston will be tested in Exercise Seagull on Friday .

Nick Hesp, operations delivery manager for Norfolk and Suffolk said: “Our workforce will follow the exercise as if it was a real event and will operate our flood defence structures as they would do in the event of a tidal surge.

“We are taking this opportunity to test our contingency procedures for power failures on key assets in high risk areas, monitoring the progress on the ground. The purpose of this is to test the robustness of our operational procedures and to allow us to identify any areas for improvement. We want to make sure that we continuously provide a high standard of service to our customers.”

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