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Flood defence works for Boston

Homes and businesses in Boston, Lincolnshire are set to benefit from a raft of improvements to flood defence works in the area being carried out by the Environment Agency.

The project will see a new sheet pile wall constructed on Pulvertoft Lane and St Ann’s Lane in the town over the coming months, with the work scheduled to be completed by spring 2014.

It is set to cost £3.4 million and will build on an existing 240-metre wall that has been put in place to support the ground behind it to reduce the risk of flooding from the tidal River Haven.

Repairs to the other parts of the riverside walls were completed earlier this year, but the agency has now decided further enhancements to flood defence is required to provide additional prevention should water levels in the area rapidly rise.

The affected area of the riverbank has now been fenced off and a temporary works site has been setup. It will provide a stable platform for the building up of the river wall during periods of low tide.

Adrian Clack, asset performance team leader at the Environment Agency, said: “This will ensure flood risk continues to be reduced for people in the area for years to come.

“We have been talking to property owners and businesses in the area and will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum while we carry out this vital project.”

He added the agency apologises in advance for the inconvenience these actions could cause some businesses and residents in the area, but noted he hopes individuals appreciate the importance of carrying out the work.

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