Work on Louth’s long-awaited flood defence scheme should start this summer, offering protection to hundreds of homes and businesses.
The £6m-plus project will see a flood storage ‘reservoir’ built to the west of the town to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Lud and one of its tributaries.
It will include two new earth embankments and automatic control structures, which will manage water levels through the town.
The project should help ease the misery for flood victims in Louth.
Officials from the Environment Agency visited the area earlier this week to outline details of the project for the first time.
Andrew Barron, the Agency’s senior advisor for Flood and Coastal Risk Management, said negotiations were at an advanced stage with landowners.
He said it was hoped to apply for planning permission in February or March with work starting as early as the summer.
Mr Barron said: “We mean business. This is excellent news for Louth and the areas of the town affected by flooding.” He revealed the new embankments would be built ‘close to’ the A16 by-pass.
He said the embankments would be carefully landscaped and people would not even be aware of them.
He explained that following periods of heavy rain, the embankments will hold back potential flood water which will be diverted onto farm land.
He said similar schemes were already operating successfully in other parts of the country.
He stressed the project was a multi-agency approach which also involves the County Council, District Council, Town Council and the Lindsey Drainage Board.
He also said confirmed that as a result of the main scheme, other agencies were looking at other ways to combat the threat of flooding.
He added work on another project - a £8.1m scheme to protect Horncastle - would also start this year.