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Drains designed to do job

South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding were cordoned off after tiles were blown off the roof near the entrance in Priory Road.

South Holland District Council's offices in Spalding were cordoned off after tiles were blown off the roof near the entrance in Priory Road.

Spalding residents have their forefathers to thank for escaping the flooding experienced down south.

Nick Morris, operations engineer for the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, said drains were designed to hold and store water until it can be either pumped away or discharged by gravity to the sea.

He said: “January was our wettest recorded at Pode Hole for over 55 years and our pumps and men were working very hard to get this water out to sea. Because of the flat topography of the Fens, rainfall that runs off tends to be at a far slower rate than on upland areas. This gives Drainage Boards and the EA time to lower levels in their watercourse’s to accept this water.”

A call for an assessment of the county’s entire river network was made at a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council with the EA on Friday. It followed concerns about lack of dredging in some areas, including the South Forty Foot at Swineshead.

 

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