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22/08/2019

£1m Flood Scheme Complete In Lincolnshire

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A £1 million flood scheme has been completed in the Lincolnshire town of Earby.

This scheme saw a 40m-long culvert installed to replace the existing one which had partially collapsed. It involved Environment Agency contractors JBA Bentley using a technique known as pipe bursting beneath the disused railway embankment.

A number of other sections totalling 60m along the length of the culvert were lined at locations under Victoria Road and the A56 Skipton Road.

A new and improved 2-tier trash screen has also been installed at the inlet of the culvert, to help reduce the risk of it becoming blocked with debris and making it easier and safer to clear when water levels are high.

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This project has reduced the risk of flooding to 91 homes and 17 businesses in Earby.

Paul Swales flood risk advisor at the Environment Agency said: "Earby has suffered devastating flooding over recent years, most notably the Boxing Day 2015 flood. We're delighted that this project is now complete and will bring significant flood risk benefits to homes and businesses in Earby.

"While we carried out this work, traffic management was in place for some time and delays were encountered, so we'd like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding while we carried out this essential work to reduce flood risk."

Funding for the project came from £813k of Grant in Aid and £200k of Yorkshire Local Levy.

(CM/JG)

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