Environment Agency announced recently that it is putting finishing touches to the Horncastle flood alleviation scheme.
The long-awaited Horncastle flood storage reservoir can now be used to reduce flood risk to hundreds of local homes and businesses, reported the EA.
Although there is still some work to complete on-site, the reservoir is finished enough that it can be used to store excess water from the River Bain during high flows.
Deborah Campbell, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said “We’re currently working to finish the final profiling of the embankment, install erosion protection and commission the mechanical and electrical items. Although the reservoir can’t be used to full capacity until these works are completed, we expect to be finished this spring, weather permitting.”
Work is also expected to finish this spring on two flood storage reservoirs on the River Lud near Louth, although these both were declared fit for use at the end of last year.
The three reservoirs were constructed in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, Louth and Horncastle Town Councils, Anglian Water, and Lindsey Marsh and Witham Third Internal Drainage Boards.