Work to strengthen Redcar's sea wall begins

Redcar seafront
Image caption The new Redcar sea wall is expected to last 100 years

Work to strengthen a seaside town's flood defences is to get under way at a cost of £30m.

On Monday work will begin to knock down and replace Redcar's sea wall which has been crumbling for years.

The Environment Agency said the new wall would stretch from Coatham to the Stray and was expected to combat coastal erosion for 100 years.

It will take two years to complete and will protect 1,000 homes and 200 businesses from flooding.

James Mead, spokesman for the Agency, said: "The new sea wall will be built to protect the residents of Redcar for many years to come.

"Our contractors will assemble the wall from pre-cast concrete sections, a bit like giant Lego, with pieces winched into place by crane.

"The new wall will be built to cope with changes in sea levels, which are currently predicted to rise by about 85 cm over the next 100 years."

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