A question of flooding

THERE was mention in The Journal (July 3) of the concern regarding the erosion of the cliffs in east Suffolk and the effect it will have over the next 100 years.

THERE was mention in The Journal (July 3) of the concern regarding the erosion of the cliffs in east Suffolk and the effect it will have over the next 100 years.

But what hasn't been mentioned is the possible flooding of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. In the event of a catastrophic flood-tide, the areas between north Lowestoft and Kirkley, Kessingland and Wrentham, and the harbour basin at Yarmouth would act as funnels to flood the area from the coast to Norwich.

I was discussing this with a man on the cliff top at Pakefield whilst a dredger was taking sand or gravel from the sea bed about a mile offshore and he said it was the wrong thing to do because it would not help the erosion issue.

He then said, to my surprise, that in 100 years time, Norwich would be a sea port and that Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth would not exist. Dunwich used to be a sea port. It seems a bit extreme to think that way but there does seem to be an element of possibility there.


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Of course the cliffs and sea defences around the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk are of the utmost importance, but so is the protection of The Broads.

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JOHN CLARKE

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