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Council’s £826k flood defence plan for Lincolnshire village

Lincolnshire County Council is set to approve an £826,600 scheme to protect homes from flooding in the village of Digby.

The authority has proposed a scheme which will aim to reduce the risk of flooding in the future in the area.

Around 20 homes in the village were hit by flash floods caused by heavy rainfall back in June 2012.

Funded in partnership with Anglian Water and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the project will include a new 647 metre long diversion channel in the village.

Anglian Water will fund £63,750 worth of work on the scheme, while £379,730 will be put up from the council’s capital budget.

Outline for the flood plan in Digby. Picture: Lincolnshire County Council.

Meanwhile, a flood defence grant of £383,120 will be put towards the project.

The council estimates the scheme will take around four to six months to construct.

Paul Brookes, flood risk manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Following significant rainfall in June 2012, 20 properties on Beck Street, the Hurn and North Street in Digby were flooded by surface, river and sewer water.

“Together with Anglian Water, the Environment Agency, residents and local landowners we’ve been working hard to find solutions to reduce the risk of flooding in this area.

“We’ve put forward a proposal which aims to reduce the frequency and consequences of future flooding to over 50 homes in the village.”

The plan will be discussed by the authority’s executive in June.

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