Surrey flood defence repairs completed

Image caption, The Environment Agency spent six months repairing the flood defences

Work to repair flood defences which protect thousands of properties in Surrey has been completed.

The Environment Agency spent about six months repairing the 30m (98ft) stretch of the Lower Mole Flood Alleviation Scheme, near Molesey.

It said it had also improved fishing platforms, installed bat boxes and introduced riverside plants.

The flood defences were built in the 1980s to protect 10,000 properties in Molesey, Esher and Hersham.

Environment Agency project manager Ian Mawdsley said: "I am extremely pleased that this work has been completed, maintaining the required standard of protection to the local community.

"Doing nothing here was not an option as left in its current state the damaged area would have grown in size - compromising the Environment Agency's ability to operate and maintain the defences."

The agency constructed an access track along the top of the flood defences to enable it to maintain the scheme in the future.

It also installed a temporary dam while work was being carried out to maintain water levels in the main channel and prevent damage to fish stocks.

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