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Great Yarmouth flood defences tested

A major exercise has taken place in Norfolk simulating what would happen if a ship demolished a section of flood defence wall.

The agency was testing how quickly and effectively a temporary flood defence barrier could be put in place to protect Great Yarmouth.

The Environment Agency event took place at Bollard Quay.

The scenario included dealing with a tidal surge which coincided with a high tide hitting the town.

Nick Hesp, operations delivery manager for Norfolk and Suffolk said: "The Environment Agency responds on average twice a year to shipping damage in Great Yarmouth.

"To identify areas for improvement, we are going to assess the robustness of out-of-hours working and the procedures we have in place with our external partners."

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