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Major work on River Haven aims to cut flood risk to homes in Boston

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 17, 2012

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RISK of flooding to homes and businesses in Boston is being reduced by major work to the banks of the tidal River Haven.

The Environment Agency is maintaining and repairing flood banks along the river, downstream of Boston. Maintenance of the banks takes place each year to ensure they remain in good condition.

Work began on the river in August and is expected to be completed by the end of October. A total of 1,300 tonnes of limestone will be placed against the banks to protect them from erosion between the Port of Boston and the entry into The Wash. Around 900 tonnes of stone has already been placed.

Alec Ambridge-Richardson, operations delivery team leader, said: "Over time, tidal action in the river causes the condition of the flood defences to deteriorate. Without this work, the level of protection offered by the defences would decrease.

"We carry out work periodically to ensure the standard of protection for people and property in the area is maintained."

An Environment Agency barge is being used to deliver stone to some of the more difficult to access sites to help minimise the impact of the work on the environment. A quay on the adjacent River Welland will be used as a loading point.

The work is costing £90,000 and is being managed by the Environment Agency's Spalding-based Operations Delivery Team.

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