£15m Lincolnshire flood schemes start

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Contractors have moved on site on two flood alleviation schemes in Lincolnshire.

Machinery has moved on site at Louth to build embankments

The projects are designed to help manage the flow of the River Lud and River Bain.

Both schemes are being carried out by VBA, a joint venture of VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins. They form part of the Environment Agency’s water and environment management (WEM) Framework.

The £6.5m Louth flood alleviation scheme will see two flood storage areas constructed outside the town, with embankments of 150 metres and 200 metres. Once built, these storage areas will reduce the risk of flooding from the river Lud.

An £8.1m scheme at Horncastle involves the construction of an 800-metre temporary flood storage area, which will hold up to 1.3 million cubic metres of flood water from the River Bain.

Both schemes 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.

“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,” said VBA senior project manager Steven Hammer.