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Title: Ipswich flood defence management strategy study 2002
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
Abstract:
Ipswich is situated in Suffolk where the Rivers Orwell and Gipping meet. The rivers run through the centre of the town, through industrial and residential areas and the port. Our study area extends from Norwich Railway Line Bridge downstream to the Orwell Bridge, where the estuary widens. The Environment Agency are responsible for flood defences in Ipswich. The Government encourages operating bodies such as the Environment Agency to consider flood defence in an integrated and sustainable way by looking at the whole river system rather than individual sections. A longterm plan, known as a flood defence management strategy, is developed and sets out the policy and objectives for flood defence taking into account a broad range of local interests and issues. Within this framework we can make decisions about providing the most appropriate flood defences and this approach allows us to manage the whole flood defence system more effectively. Within Ipswich there are flood defences which protect the town on both sides of the rivers for a total length of 11 km. There are also five river control structures crossing the river channel that regulate river water levels and the amount of water passing through them. The majority of the flood defences were constructed some 20 to 25 years ago and are at or nearing the end of their useful life. Some sections of the flood defences require renewal in the next five years. The Environment Agency, prompted by growing concern over several flood susceptible areas in Ipswich, commissioned the development of a flood defence strategy.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 2002
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: Flood Management StrategyRiversFlood controlFlood defence structuresFlood risk management
Geographic Keywords: IpswichOrwellGipping (Suffolk)
Extent: 8
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:986
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