New £630,000 scheme to prevent flooding in Lincolnshire village
Work started on Tuesday 14th April on a new scheme to protect up to 50 homes in Digby.
In 2012, 22 properties were flooded in the village near Lincoln. This new project will see a drainage channel built on the east side of Digby, running between North Street and Station Road.
The channel will take rainwater away and discharge it into Digby Beck, downstream of the village, reducing the risk that it will flood homes in Digby.
Cllr Rob Kendrick, Digby's county councillor, welcomed work starting on the new scheme. He said: "Unfortunately we've seen flooding become a new norm for Lincolnshire, and many will understand first-hand the devastating consequences that flooding can have on homes, livelihoods and communities.
"This is why it is vital that we continue to invest in projects like this which drastically reduce the risk and bring peace of mind to local residents."
Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place, reassured residents that all necessary precautions were being taken to allow the work to continue safely. He said:
"In these uncertain times – in the midst of a global pandemic – we have been working with our contractors to ensure the safety of those working on this important flooding project.
"We will make sure staff can follow the latest advice on social distancing and keep their hands clean, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus."
Work is expected to take six months and the finished drainage channel will be planted with wildflowers, shrubs and trees.
During the works there will be two road diversions in place at different times: the first at Station Road, followed by a second at North Street. Details of the diversions can be found on site and online on one.network.
Lincolnshire County Council is leading on the project, with funding from the Environment Agency (Grant In Aid funding) and Anglian Water. The Internal Drainage Board will take over maintenance of the finished drainage channel.
Article kindly supplied by Cllr. Rob Kendrick
Member for Metheringham Rural Division
Lincolnshire County Council, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln LN1 1YL