An aerial view of the new Ipswich tidal barrier Picture: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

New Ipswich tidal barrier will protect town from flooding for 100 years

More than 1,600 homes and 400 businesses have better protection from flooding after the successful completion of a new £67.4million tidal flood barrier for Ipswich.

The Environment Agency project, which will future-proof the county town from flooding from the River Orwell and the impacts of climate change over the next century, was yesterday officially opened by Floods Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey.

Centrepiece of the new defence is a 200-tonne rotating barrier which can be raised in minutes, helping to keep the town safe from tidal surges during storms.

The floodgate has a design similar to that of the Thames Barrier and is so large that it is coated with six tonnes of protective paint. The floodgate rotates upwards out of the sea floor into the closed position, holding back dangerous tidal surges that could flood the town.

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