Lincolnshire County Council’s executive committee has approved £2.2million to be used on drainage repairs and projects to reduce the risk of flooding across the county.
“Repairing banks, reconstructing culverts and replacing drainage pipes are just some of the things our highways and flooding teams will be doing over the coming year”, explains Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for environment at Lincolnshire County Council.
“We’ve had a pretty challenging few years with unprecedented amounts of rain, causing significant flooding issues for many residents, so as well as addressing drainage issues we will be working hard to understand why certain places have flooded and what action may be necessary in the future.
“In 2021/22, we’ve planned a full programme of investigation and repair works at 34 locations, including Kirton, Binbrook, Cherry Willingham and Woodhall Spa.
“Some of these will have drainage repair works, and some will be investigations into why flooding or drainage issues happened and developing a suitable programme of works.
“This work builds on the projects our teams have delivered in 2020/21 costing £350,000, including repairing a damaged drainage system at Gosberton and repairing a damaged drainage bank at Wickenby.
“Alongside this, we’ve also invested over £150,000 in the maintenance programme of the River Steeping catchment – which is absolutely needed to reduce the risk of severe flooding happening again.
“I’m pleased to say the first phase of these works has almost been completed.
“It is important to add that although many repair schemes are progressing, we do understand that there are other areas in the county which have also been affected by flooding.
“We are committed to investigating all reports and will continue to do so in the coming months and years.
“We’re also going to, on a more regular basis, share with you the details of works which are underway across the county, so you can be confident we are investing in infrastructure to keep you safe and reduce the risk of flooding.”
For more information on drainage works or to find out if there is a scheme near you, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/flood-risk-management.