Work on £6m flood wall at Albert Dock starts

Albert Dock
Image caption The wall will span nearly a kilometre along Albert Dock, the Environment Agency says

Work has started on a £6m project to protect hundreds of homes in Hull from future flooding.

The Environment Agency is building a metre-high wall, spanning nearly 1km (0.6 miles) along Albert Dock.

Homes and businesses were flooded after the city was hit by a tidal surge on 5 December last year.

The agency said it hoped the wall would "reduce the risk of flooding to 300 properties". It expects the work to be completed in June 2015.

Project manager Peter Toms said: "Over the past few months of planning for this scheme, we have been working closely with Hull City Council, Associated British Ports and the Local Enterprise Partnership, who have all given us excellent support.

"The improved flood defences at Albert Dock will reduce the risk of flooding to 300 local homes and businesses."

The agency said it would also build a further 600m of defences within the Port of Hull and repair a disused and dilapidated culvert.

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