Flood defence plan revealed for Boston

Published on by Stuart Pearcey (author)

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Hundreds of residents and businesses on the High Street and London Road in Boston will benefit from flood protection improvements at the tidal River Haven.

The Environment Agency will complete repairs to existing steel sheetpiles and concrete repairs to the beam which runs along the top of the piles around the Haven Bridge from Pulvertoft Lane northwards.

Maintenance will also be carried out to the concrete capping beam and voids behind the sheet piled wall to the south of the Swing bridge on London Road.

The £490,000 improvements will reduce flood risk in the town for years to come, and will start this month, aiming to be complete by June.

Environment Agency Project manager David Watts says: “This will restore the condition of the sheet piling and capping beams before they deteriorate further and help to ensure the long-term integrity of flood defences.”

Further works along the Boston Haven - including new sheet piling between Pulvertoft Lane and St Ann’s Lane to provide long term stability of the river wall – are planned for later this year.

David adds: “We apologise for any inconvenience our works may cause to householders and businesses.

“We hope people will understand that we need to carry them out to maintain the standard of protection from flooding to their homes and the homes of others, as well as to businesses, in the area.”

The maintenance on the banks of the Haven are being carried out by Environment Agency contractors Interserve Construction limited.

Works such as those being carried out in Boston will help to reduce flood risk but cannot completely remove all risk. Therefore, it is vital people in the area are prepared and know what action they can take.

Anyone wanting to find out more should contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188or visit the website atwww.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodanglian

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