Kent

Dymchurch flood defences reaching 'major' milestone

Flood defences along the Kent coast are set to reach a major milestone with the completion of revetments at Dymchurch, the Environment Agency has said.

The revetments are a protective wall made of 20-tonne concrete units and the last will be put in place on Tuesday.

The £30m scheme aims to protect more than 2,300 properties in Dymchurch.

Mark Douch, Environment Agency Area flood risk manager, said the land and properties below the defences were already below sea level.

He said the improvements being made took into account rises in the sea level and would provide protection for the next 100 years.

The next stage of the flood defence scheme will see 1,258 wall units being installed between now and next year. The whole structure will be completed in 2011.

Six flood defence projects are currently under way in the east Kent area to protect 14,000 homes across the Romney Marsh.

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