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Work begins on flood alleviation schemes in Louth and Horncastle


Two long-awaited flood alleviation schemes in Louth and Horncastle, to help manage the flow of the river Lud and River Bain at high times, were launched on Tuesday 11th August.

Both schemes are being completed by VBA; a joint venture comprising of VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins and form part of the Environment Agency’s Water and Environment Management (WEM) Framework.

The Louth flood alleviation scheme

This scheme will see two flood storage areas constructed outside the town. The first will be located off the A157 and the second off Halfpenny Lane, both adjacent to the A16. The embankment of the north storage area will measure 150m and 200m for the south. Once built, these storage areas will reduce the risk of flooding, from the river Lud, to 355 local properties.


The Horncastle flood alleviation scheme

A new 800m long temporary flood storage area, which will hold up to 1,300,000m3 of flood water, is being built off the B1225; north of Hemingby. This scheme will help protect over 170 properties in Horncastle as well as further properties in Haltham and Kirkby-on-Bain, from potential flooding of the river Bain.


The £6.5m Louth scheme and the £8.1m Horncastle scheme are funded by a partnership of Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, and the Lindsey Marsh and Witham Third Internal Drainage Boards.


Steven Hammer, VBA senior project manager said: “It’s exciting to be involved in such important schemes which will benefit the residents of both Louth and Horncastle for years to come. As part of the schemes we will be installing ground breaking flow control structures, which have never been installed in the UK before and is something the VBA team is especially proud to pioneer.”


Mayor of Louth, Councillor Sue Locking said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part, no matter how small, in bringing this wonderful scheme to this stage. It is especially appropriate to express the immeasurable gratitude of the residents of Louth, who have suffered in the past and who would have been affected by further flooding. Also to the land owners who have gladly given the use of their land and without whom it would have been impossible for this well thought out and excellent scheme to come to fruition.

“It is reassuring to know that the risk to life and property will now been minimised well into the next century.”



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