May 28, 2020 11.41 am This story is over 48 months old

£7m flood defence work to start on Lincolnshire beaches

Preserving the coast and protecting from flooding

By Local Democracy Reporter

Work will begin next week on a major beach replenishment scheme to help reduce the risk of flooding across Lincolnshire.

The project is run annually by the Environment Agency and will cost around £7 million, with sand dredged from the seabed and pumped onto the beach.

Over the next six weeks, more than 400,000 cubic metres of sand on the beach will be replaced in order to protect homes and businesses on the Lincolnshire coast between Saltfleet and Gibraltar.

The scheme is done to replace levels of sand lost to the sea during winter in areas such as Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells and Chapel Six Marshes.

Deborah Campbell, east coast flood risk manager for the Environment Agency, said: “This vital work reduces the risk of flooding to homes and businesses on the coast, and we’re delighted it is able to go ahead in line with the government’s coronavirus guidance.

“As well as helping protect people from flooding, the work will also help maintain our beloved sandy beaches so they’ll be ready to welcome back locals and tourists alike, when it’s safe for visitors to return.”