£100,000 project will reduce risk of flooding to 21 properties

Work includes repairing settlement and ruts along the top of the banks and making good damage caused by burrowing animals on the right bank of the Horncastle Canal. This will be carried out upstream of Martin Lock, as well as on both banks of the River Bain, upstream of Shearmans Wath bridge.
 
The need for the work, which is costing £100,000, was identified after Environment Agency staff inspected the banks. Local residents had also voiced their concerns.

Alison Coulling, Environment Agency project manager, said: “The work will restore the condition of the banks before they deteriorate further and help to ensure their long-term integrity. Reinstating the crest of the banks will also provide consistent, safe access for maintenance to reduce the risk of a breach during flood conditions.”
 
The work, which is expected to take seven weeks to complete, is being carried out by Environment Agency contractor BAM Nuttall. It began on 17 January.

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