New flood defence hope for the coast

Geotextile tubes are a possible solution to help improve flood defences on Mablethorpe's coastline. Photo: Supplied.
Geotextile tubes are a possible solution to help improve flood defences on Mablethorpe's coastline. Photo: Supplied.
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New flood defence tactics for Mablethorpe’s coastline are being explored by the Environment Agency to reduce disaster in the future.

The Environment Agency explained that implementing an emerging policy ‘doesn’t need to be considered for at least another six months’.

But the Enironment Agency are looking into the possibility of exploring new ideas over the next year.

The news surfaced after a student from Liverpool John Moores University contacted the Leader about a flood defence system that he studied and suggested it for consideration on our coastline.

He recommended the use of geotextile tubes filled with sand to work as a back bench protection structure which can be buried underneath the sand so not to affect Mablethorpe’s coastal landscape.

When we contacted the Environment Agency, they commented that they are already considering this type of flood defence scheme.

This flood defence structure is widely used in the US and Australia but has not yet been implemented in the UK

The costs for such systems are massively cheaper than traditional concrete bund wall construction and also has a very small carbon footprint.

Mark Adams, a coastal engineer for the Environment Agency said: “The techniques suggested are very familiar to ones we are considering ourselves to provide or supplement the existing sea defences.

“Over the next year we are planning to undertake extensive consultation on the matter with our partners in the local authorities, environmental organisations, and the community and business stakeholders.

“However this engagement is at a very early stage.”