Work begins on Spalding flood defences

Work is being carried out to reduce the risk of flooding to a Lincolnshire town.

The Environment Agency is refurbishing a bridge and carrying out tree work to maintain flood defences in Spalding.

The £100,000 scheme also includes de-silting Soke Dyke, which drains water away from industrial and agricultural land near the town.

Sections of floodbank along Coronation Channel will be closed at certain times until work finishes in March.

Workers will pollard willows, clear scrub and trim the remaining trees.

This allows flood defences to be maintained and encourages grass which helps prevent erosion of the banks during periods of high water levels.

Alec Ambridge-Richardson, from the Environment Agency, said: "It is vital we keep banks clear at this location on the Coronation Channel to allow us to carry out summer maintenance of the flood defences."

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