Work to shore up flood defences

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WORK is underway to shore up Spalding’s flood defences.

The Environment Agency began painting steel piling which support the banks of the River Welland in Spalding with bitumen paint at the end of August.

In total, around 2km of piling will be painted before the job is completed in March.

The painting is being carried out from a floating pontoon to allow easy access and protective booms are in place to reduce the risk of paint getting into the water.

Paul Mattacola, of the Environment Agency, said: “The piles are vital to the stability of the banks and have been in place for around 50 years. To extend their life and prevent deterioration, they are being given a protective coating. We have painted the majority of the piles that are out of the water and now need to paint the bit around the waterline that suffers most from the elements.”

A navigation restriction will be in place on the river between Fulney Lock, Spalding, and Deeping St James, from November 24 to March 26. The river will be lowered by 16 inches on November 24, returning to normal on December 21.