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ENGINEERS from the National Oceanography Centre have been repairing and upgrading key instruments of the UK’s coastal flood warning system ahead of the winter, after winning a new contract from the Environment Agency.

Devastating storms and high tides affected thousands of homes and businesses throughout last autumn and winter, costing billions of pounds worth of damage.

The centre plays a key role in advising the government and its agencies about extreme tides, sea levels and coastal flood risks.

The latest contract work has comprised upgrades and emergency repairs to 12 of these gauges.

Engineers from Southampton have been repairing damage from last year’s bad storms and installing back-up systems and new technology to make the measuring and reporting systems more resilient.