Flood protection scheme for Wisbech finishes

Work has finished on a flood prevention scheme to protect almost 12,000 homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire.

The Environment Agency work in Wisbech took two years and used 330,000 bricks but finished a month ahead of schedule.

The flood protection scheme saw work carried out on both the South Brink and North Brink. Both have reopened.

It included driving steel piles into the bank of the tidal Nene. These were then clad in concrete and bricks.

A new floodgate is now being installed in the Port area of Wisbech.

This is expected to be completed by the end of August 2010.

Environment Agency project manager Andrew Usborne said: "Nene Parade has had to be closed for this vital work to be undertaken and, as with the major stages of the scheme, we hope people will understand this."

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