Work to cut floods risk

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New manhole covers and chambers are being installed to reduce the risk of flooding in Spalding.

Anglian Water is investing in the upgrades in Fairview Way, where residents have been affected by flooding in the past. The new manholes will increase the capacity of the sewer on Fairview Way during heavy rainfall.

Sarah Dobson, from 
Anglian Water, said: “This part of Spalding has suffered from flooding when it has rained heavily and Anglian Water 
engineers have designed a 
solution to help reduce the risk of flooding in the future.

“We will be installing two new manholes along Fairfield Way. When it rains they will reduce the risk of flooding for local residents.

“Responsibility for the drainage is very complex and sits with many different organisations.

“Anglian Water, Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland District Council, Highways and Environment Agency, as well as private landowners, each have responsibility for part of the drainage network, which is a huge spider’s web of pipes, pumps, watercourses, streams and drainage points – all interconnected.

Work started on Monday and Fairview Way will be closed until Friday, April 21. This is to make sure Anglian Water staff and customers are kept safe whilst the new manholes are installed.

A diversion route will be in place through the duration of the work.

Sarah added: “Of course we know whenever we carry out work it’s disruptive because our pipes and sewers are buried deep underground, but we’ll do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the job as swiftly as possible.”