Friday, 24 October 2014

Broads control news - dealing with floods

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

On Tuesday after receiving flood alerts and warnings we decided to close Great Yarmouth Yacht Station to overnight mooring. It was just as well we did because the next morning the tide covered the yacht station and was above mooring post level.

Once the tide turned at Gt Yarmouth it dropped quickly but it remained high on most of the rest of the system. At its height the morning tide only left a 4 foot clearance under the Acle New Road Bridge at Great Yarmouth.

On Wednesday we had rangers out checking the system by road and river. The Waveney team rangers went to Beccles by road early but then were called by river to attend Haddiscoe where the river needed to be closed. Somerleyton bridge had a problem which was quickly resolved.

Other staff were out on Breydon Water and the Yare plus the Northern rivers. The quay ranger at Reedham released three vessels from the quay ,one of which managed to later go aground on Breydon Water after the high water had receded.

The rangers and ops team have been busy dealing with large debris that could cause a problem to navigation and have assisted to release hung up vessels at their moorings.

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