THE Environment Agency is to remove around 22,000 tonnes of silt from the Louth Canal between now and March next year.
The silt removal will cost around £60,000 and will be carried out along a 10km stretch of the canal between Tetney Lock and Austen Fen.
The work will restore the channel’s original capacity, reducing the risk of flooding to 70 properties in Tetney Lock and Austen Fen.
The agency says the Anglian Water sewage treatment works at Covenham and other properties along the canal will also benefit.
Andrew Charlesworth, Asset System Management Team member, said: “A build-up of silt can reduce both the rate of flow and the volume of water a watercourse can hold.
“Together, these can combine to increase the risk of flooding during prolonged heavy rainfall.
“We are carrying out this silt removal work to maintain the channel’s water-carrying capacity and reduce the risk of flooding to people and property in villages along the Louth Canal.”
The need for the work was identified during a survey that took place in June.
A public footpath that runs along the eastern bank of the canal will be closed while the work takes place.
Owl boxes will also be put up by staff at various locations along the waterway to provide breeding and roosting sites.