TEMPORARY flood defences will be tested in Sandwich on Monday.
Environment Agency staff plan to use the spring tide at Sandwich Bay to try out the demountable defences which will be used until permanent defences are built to protect thousands of properties at risk of damage or destruction from future flooding.
Plans for the permanent structure and for a storage reservoir to protect Sandwich are suggested in The Pegwell Bay to Kingsdown Coastal Flood Risk Strategy , created by the agency and Dover District Council.
It also looks at managing coastal erosion.
Part of the plan will see the reservoir implemented, which will also create a nature reserve at Broadsalts.
Residents will have the chance to ask questions about the draft strategy and other flood-risk issues from Environment Agency staff, who will have the Floodline trailer at the bay from 8am to 4pm.
*See next week's Dover Express for full report