Louth and Horncastle flood defences to benefit from huge investment

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Lincolnshire County Council has joined the Government in reaffirming its commitment to investing in local flood defences.

The Government has today confirmed a £2.3bn investment in over 1,400 flood defence projects around the country, resulting in 300,000 homes being better protected.

The Government investment will be complemented by £17m of county council funding, which will be used complete the delivery of the Boston scheme and projects in Louth and Horncastle.

Coun Marc Jones, Executive Member for Finance and Property, said: “We have first-hand experience of the devastating impact that flooding can have on people’s lives.

“That’s why we’re working hard with our partners to do everything we can to reduce the risk to Lincolnshire homes.

“Obviously, this is a difficult time for us financially, but thanks to careful management, we’re still in a position where we can make the significant investment that’s needed to make these new defences a reality.”

Lincolnshire’s Flood Risk Partnership was recently recognised in a national report for its planning and response to the 2013-14 coastal surge.

The full report is available on the National Audit Office’s website at www.nao.org.uk.