Construction on long-awaited flood alleviation schemes in Louth and Horncastle is set to start this month.
The schemes will see flood storage reservoirs built outside the towns to help manage flows on the Rivers Lud and Bain when these are high. Both rivers most recently flooded in 2007, affecting 200 properties.
Planning permission for both schemes has been granted, archaeological surveys of the sites are being carried out, and construction will begin shortly.
The two Louth reservoirs will be located off the A157 adjacent to the A16, and the other will be off Halfpenny Lane, also adjacent to the A16. Meanwhile, the Horncastle reservoir will be based off the B1225 north of Hemingby.
The Louth reservoirs will reduce the risk of flooding to 355 properties at risk from the River Lud, while the Horncastle reservoir will reduce flood risk from the River Bain to 170 properties in Horncastle, plus properties in the downstream villages of Haltham and Kirkby-on-Bain.
The Environmental Agency has said that every effort will be made to minimise any disruption from the work to local residents, although no disruption is expected, and both schemes are expected to be completed by spring 2016.
The £6.5m Louth scheme and the £8.1m Horncastle scheme are funded and delivered by a partnership of Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, and the Lindsey Marsh and Witham Third Internal Drainage Boards.
The ongoing maintenance will be funded by Louth Town Council and Horncastle Town Council.
The Environment Agency has led on developing the scheme and construction will be undertaken by their Contractors.
Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk (FCRM) Manager Deborah Campbell – chair of the project board – said: “Seeing the Louth and Horncastle flood alleviation schemes built is a huge success for the local communities and all the agencies involved.
“It is the result of close cooperation and partnership working over a period of years.
“These flood storage reservoirs will help reduce the risk of river flooding to hundreds of houses and businesses in these towns – something we have seen happen multiple times in the past. However, we’d still encourage people to sign up for free flood warnings from the Environment Agency to ensure communities are aware and can take timely appropriate action.”