New Flood Alleviation Plans for Horncastle and Louth

People living and working in Horncastle and Louth are invited to learn about flood alleviation plans before the Environment Agency and its partner organizations submit them for planning approval this spring.

Drawings and information sheets will be on display at Horncastle library during the last week of January and at Louth library during the first week of February.

Environment Agency staff will also be on-hand for question and answer sessions in Horncastle (Monday 10:30am-4pm, Thursday 10am-3pm and Saturday 11am-1pm) and in Louth (Monday 11am-5pm, Thursday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-12pm).

The proposed Horncastle and Louth washlands will include new earth embankments and automatic control structures. The control structures would manage water levels through the towns by gradually closing as river flows increase. This would maintain a constant flow through the towns until water levels begin to fall, allowing the control sluice to gradually open and the washland to empty.

Andrew Barron, Flood and Coastal Risk Management Senior Advisor at Environment Agency, said: “We are making good progress with these important and long-awaited schemes and are busy preparing to submit planning applications to make them a reality. They have been developed through a strong partnership with the county council, town and district councils and internal drainage boards and we now want to give people the chance to see our plans.”

The schemes are set to be submitted for planning permission in March.

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