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Wash flood forecasting improved by new monopole-mounted tidal gauge

Installation of new tidal monitoring equipment has been completed in the Wash in a bid to improve the Environment Agency’s (EA) flood forecasting for the region.

Joint venture partners Volker Stevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins (VBA) announced successful completion of the £6M project to install the monopole-mounted gauge yesterday.

VBA’s work included installation of a 2m diameter monopole and construction of a sleeve system, platform, scour protection, tidal monitoring equipment and lighting.

The gauge will form part of the EA’s National Tide Gauge Network and is the 44th such installation within the network.

EA flood and coastal risk management team leader Claire Rose said: “This new gauge has a practical benefit for local communities as the information it gathers on sea levels will help us predict tidal surges and therefore improve our flood warning service.

“It’s a nationally important project, too, as it fills in the last gap in the UK’s monitoring network to give us the best picture of tidal conditions across the country.”

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