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Wash tidal gauge improves flood forecasting

25 Aug 15 A new tidal gauge has been installed at a cost of £6m in The Wash, 4km off the Lincolnshire coast.

The project was carried out by VBA, a joint venture of VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and WS Atkins. Work involved the installation of a two-metre diameter steel monopile, sleeve system, platform, scour protection, and tidal monitoring and lighting equipment.

VBA appointed Volker Stevin International and Stemat to assist in the transportation, installation and supply of a specific crane barge to complete the works.

The new installation is the 44th gauge in the Environment Agency’s (EA) national tide gauge network. It is between gauges at Cromer and Immingham.

Claire Rose, flood and coastal risk management team leader at the Environment Agency, 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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