Major flood defence scheme starts

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The £6-million flagship annual scheme to reduce flood risk to thousands of homes and businesses on the Lincolnshire coast got underway in Boygrift over the bank holiday weekend.

The Lincshore scheme began in 1994 and covers beaches from Mablethorpe to Skegness. The scheme maintains protection against a one in 200 year tidal flood for 30,000 properties and 35,000 hectares of land.

The Environment Agency project plays a vital role in helping to reduce flood risk to coastal communities. Lincshore works by increasing the level of the beach to reduce the risk of waves reaching the main defences and going over seawalls.

It protects the clay foreshore against erosion and prevents rapid deterioration of defences. The project will see 530,000 cubic metres of sand pumped from licensed off-shore sites onto 20km of beach, including Boygrift, Trusthorpe, Sutton on Sea, Chapel Six Marshes, Ingoldmells, Huttoft and Moggs Eye.

Mike Dugher, Environment Agency area coastal manager, said: “Lincshore combats the decrease in sand levels and increased risk of flooding caused by erosion of the beach over winter.”