Environment Agency denies faulty gate caused Humber farm flood

Cows in field
Image caption The cows are stuck on land near Burstwick, East Yorkshire

The Environment Agency has denied a faulty tidal barrier caused a flood on an East Yorkshire farm which left a herd of cows in danger.

More than 100 cattle became trapped in fields near the village of Burstwick.

Farmer Stuart Saunt said the problem was caused by a faulty sluice gate which was failing to stop tidal water entering the land from the Humber Estuary.

The Environment Agency said the gate was "functioning as designed."

Mr Saunt said he had managed to move about 30 of the herd of 100 animals to safety, but the other animals remained cut off by the rising water.

He claimed that a broken tidal barrier at nearby Saltend was causing the problem.

"The doors are supposed to close when it's high tide and open when its low tide to let the water out," he said.

"What's happened is that one door has been faulty for the last four months.

"People have complained and we are getting nowhere fast."

In a statement, the Environment Agency said: "The tidal gate on Burstwick Drain is in proper working order. As part of our ongoing maintenance programme, the gate was surveyed this year.

"Although showing signs of wear, it is functioning as designed, preventing high tidal waters from inundating the low-lying land in that area.

"The high levels of water in the catchment have been caused by intensive, localised rainfall at the weekend."

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