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Flood alleviation reservoir goes into action

horncastle flood reservoir

The main work for the Horncastle flood alleviation reservoir in Lincolnshire has been completed.

The project aims to reduce flood risk to 169 properties and it can hold 1.5M.m³ of water. Although some on-site works are still unfisnished, the reservoir is now used to store excess water from the River Bain during high flows.

“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,” said Environment Agency flood and coastal risk manager Deborah Campbell.

“We’re working closely with all our partners to ensure this major project is complete as soon as possible.”

Work on two flood storage reservoirs on the River Lud near Louth is also expected to finish this spring, although both of these can already be used.

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