Lincolnshire

Middle Rasen £600k flood prevention works approved

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Councillors approved a £600,000 scheme to prevent flooding in Middle Rasen in a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council, Anglian Water and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The area was affected by flooding in 2007, 2012 and 2013.

Funding for the project includes a £259,000 grant from the Environment Agency, £146,000 from the county council’s flooding budget and £130,000 from Anglian Water.

A further £10,000 is being used from the local levy and £30,000 from the council’s highway budget.

The affected areas of flooding in the village.

The move will see a variety of works carried out in the village including improvement of the highway drainage system on Gainsborough Road and the installation of a new drainage system to connect the existing public sewer at the recreation ground.

Anglian Water said in a statement: ”Historically, flooding from surface water in Middle Rasen has been an issue, especially during periods of heavy rainfall.

“We know how upsetting flooding can be, which is why we’ve invested £130,000 as part of this scheme, to vastly reduce this risk of it happening again in the future.

“The scheme will improve and upgrade parts of the drainage system in the area as well as increase its capacity to allow water to drain away more quickly during heavy rain and help prevent flooding in the future.”

County councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place said: “These are essential works to protect the residents of Middle Rasen from flooding and I’m really pleased this is now coming to fruition.

“This is another great example of partnership working, I’m proud we’re protecting Lincolnshire residents in this way.”