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Christchurch Bay: Flood Control

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reports the Environment Agency has produced on the potential risk of a breach of flooding into Christchurch Bay from the sea. (122571)

The Environment Agency (EA) has recently completed a “Hengistbury Head Consequences of Breaching” report which was prepared with the assistance of their framework consultants Halcrow Group Ltd.

This inception study provides a relatively high-level assessment of the consequences of a breach of water levels, wave generation and resultant flood risk within Christchurch Harbour. It excludes any analysis of the probability of a breach occurring at Hengistbury Head, focusing instead on what might happen if a breach took place.

The EA is currently discussing the report and its findings with relevant local authorities. Talks are focussing on how its recommendations for further detailed analysis might be taken forward as part of the forthcoming second generation of Shoreline Management Plans (SMP2).