£100,000 flood defence work starts in Spalding

The bridge at Childers Drove North.
The bridge at Childers Drove North.

A £100,000 programme of work is under way to protect Spalding from flooding.

The money is being spent on three separate projects which is hoped will reduce the risk of homes and businesses being affected by floods during periods of high water levels.

The Environment Agency is carrying out work to cut back trees along the Coronation Channel, as well as bridge refurbishment and de-silting of a dyke.

Work on the trees includes pollarding of a number of willow trees along the bank, clearing scrub and self-set trees and trimming the remaining trees.

This enables maintenance work to be carried out on the existing flood defences and encourages a healthy growth of grass which prevents erosion of the banks.

A long-reach excavator fitted with specialist tree shears is being used to reduce the time taken to complete the work.

Alec Ambridge-Richardson, Spalding-based operations delivery team leader for the Environment Agency, said: “It is vital we keep banks clear at this location on the Coronation Channel to allow us to carry out summer maintenance of the flood defences.”

De-silting on Soke Dyke, which runs parallel to the Coronation Channel, has recently been completed.

About 3,600 tonnes of silt was removed from the dyke, which drains water away from around 30 hectares of agricultural land to the south and east of Spalding. The removal has improved the flow and capacity of the dyke.

The third project involves installing a new waterproof deck on the bridge at Childers Drove North.

This will prolong the life of the bridge which provides access for machinery during maintenance of the flood defences and is part of a public byway.

The flood defence work began last month and is expected to be completed by the end of March. Sections of floodbank may need to be closed to the public at certain times during the works for health and safety reasons.

Mr Ambridge-Richardson said: “We apologide for any inconvencience this may cause but hope people will understand that these works are vital part of the Environment Agency’s work to reduce flood risk.”