Diversions announced as £1.2million scheme to prevent flooding in Louth begins next week

The red section of road will be closed and cars will have to follow the green diversion route
The red section of road will be closed and cars will have to follow the green diversion route

A major scheme to protect homes from flooding in Riverhead and Eastgate, Louth, will start next week with a £1.2 million investment from Anglian Water.

Work will begin on August 4 and will be carried out in two areas. Larger sewers and a new storm overflow will be installed in Ramsgate Road. This will dramatically increase the capacity of the sewer network and reduce the risk of flooding to homes in Eastgate. A second upgraded sewer will also be installed in the Riverhead area to protect homes there too.

Together, they will create a combined system that will significantly reduce the risk of sewer flooding, helping to protect nearby homes that have been affected in the past.

Nick Randall, Civil Engineer leading the scheme for Anglian Water, said: “Flooding of any kind can be extremely distressing which is precisely why we are investing in schemes such as this.

“Riverhead and Eastgate are particularly vulnerable areas so we are pleased to get this project underway to reduce the risk of flooding for our customers there and give them peace of mind.

“The extent of the improvements does mean there will be some unavoidable disruption over the coming months, and we’re very sorry for that. We have carefully planned the work to avoid disrupting the important Christmas trading period and minimise the impact on residents, but we hope everyone will understand the huge benefits this scheme will have for their fellow neighbours and the area.”

Work will continue until spring 2015, breaking from December 1 until the new year to avoid the Christmas trading period. In agreement with the Highways Agency, work will resume on February 13 and complete in early April.

Ramsgate Road will be closed between Station Approach and Commercial Road while the new equipment is installed, but one lane of Old Mill Park will remain open to give residents access at all times. A marked diversion along Ramsgate and Eastgate will be in place.

As part of this scheme Anglian Water are also making some improvements to the sewer network in Broadbank Car Park. A number of car parking spaces will be unavailable while the new equipment is installed.