Emergency work after Storm Angus damages beaches

Emergency work is being carried out by the Environment Agency after Storm Angus caused erosion along parts of Shoreham and Lancing beach, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed.

Thursday, 24th November 2016, 5:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 10:26 am
Emergency work is being carried out

Work began today (Thursday, November 24) and is expected to last for up to three weeks, depending on the weather, said the Environment Agency spokesperson.

“This erosion has left the beach in a condition with a reduced standard of protection,” the spokesperson said. “To protect the most vulnerable areas from immediate flood risk, we are undertaking further emergency works.”

Shingle material will be moved from the eastern end of Shoreham beach, near the Old Fort, and taken to the Widewater Lagoon area, where the beach has been noticeably damaged, the spokesperson confirmed.

The shingle material will bolster and reinstate the beach defences and ensure that the beaches are protected against flooding and over-topping, as required by the 2005 coastal defence scheme, according to the spokesperson.

The scheme, completed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Worthing Borough Council, built the rock groynes along Lancing beach to Widewater and was designed to slow the natural movement of shingle along the beach, predominantly in a west to east direction caused by wave action on the beach, the spokesperson said.

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