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Hundreds of Lincolnshire homes better protected against flooding

28 July 2017

More homes have extra protection from floods

New multi-million pound flood defences have been successfully completed in Louth and Horncastle, reducing flood risk to over 350 properties.

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The £6.5m scheme in Louth and the £8.1m one in Horncastle were delivered by the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, Anglian Water and the Lindsey Marsh and Witham Third Internal Drainage Boards, with Louth and Horncastle town councils funding ongoing maintenance.

The Horncastle scheme consists of a single flood storage reservoir on the River Bain, upstream of the town of Horncastle. As part of this project, a number of residents whose homes are at risk of flooding from the River Waring were offered property-level flood protection, such as air brick covers and flood doors.

The Louth scheme consists of a flood storage reservoir on the northern branch of the River Lud, and one on the southern branch of the river.

Speaking at the official opening of the new defences, Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We all know the kind of devastation flooding can cause within a community, and many of us in Lincolnshire have had first-hand experience of such misfortunes.

“We are all too aware of the misery and long-term disruption that flooding brings, and that’s why one of the county council’s top priorities is to reduce the risk to Lincolnshire homes.

“Projects like this are vital to achieving that aim, and that’s why we continue to invest in improving our flood defences despite the difficult financial climate.

 

“In addition to our £6m contribution to the new defences in Louth and Horncastle, we have successfully bid for government funding for projects in Lincoln, Washingborough and Tetney, Folkingham, Holbeach and Heighington.

“And there are also a significant number of smaller surface water schemes which have been delivered at a local level across the county.

“Of course, it’s impossible to prevent flooding entirely, so another important area of work is ensuring that our local communities are as well-prepared as possible.

“In fact, we are currently working with more than 150 community groups across the county, from Anderby to Long Benington, helping then draw up plans for dealing with such incidents.

“And we are continually reviewing and practising our own operational and emergency response, so we can react quickly when flooding does occur, minimising the impact.

“However, this is not something that we can do alone, so over the years we have developed what has become a nationally-recognised partnership approach to tackling this issue.

“During that time, local organisations have come together, achieving far more than we could have done individually.

“The opening of these new defences is a testament to the hard work of all involved, and will make a significant difference to the lives of people living in these communities, protecting hundreds of homes and families.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to make this happen, and look forward to seeing similar projects come to fruition over the coming years.”

 

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