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Coastal Flood Risk

The coast of Lincolnshire is protected by 128km of raised sea defences. These defences protect the Fens and coastal plain which lie at or below sea level, and account for 40% of the total land area of the county. These areas are currently well protected from flooding, but future sea level rise could increase the risk of coastal flooding if the defences are not maintained.

Some 220,000 people live in the Lincolnshire coastal zone, amounting to 103,000 households.  The East Coast also contains about 200 caravan sites and nearly 25,000 static caravans (the largest concentration in Europe) with a permanent population of 6,600 people. 

Lincolnshire as a whole is the largest single contributor to agricultural production in England, providing nearly 30% of the field vegetable crop in the country from its grade 1 arable land. 

This highly productive land is maintained in cultivation by an extensive artificial drainage system, managed by Internal Drainage Boards. Across the Fens as a whole the Boards maintain 3,800 miles of watercourses and 286 pumping stations. These are necessary because the land is generally lower than the main rivers which discharge to the sea.

In turn, this means that the rivers themselves require raised embankments, 1,024km of which are managed in Lincolnshire by the Environment Agency.

The coastal zone also contains major environmental conservation sites of international, national and regional importance, as well as conservation areas, listed buildings, heritage features and a historic environment including archaeology and semi-natural historic landscapes.

The Lincolnshire coast, especially resorts such as Skegness and Mablethorpe generate £400m per year from tourism in the coastal zone alone.

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