Bain River silt removed to reduce flooding

Work has started to remove about 500 tonnes of silt from a Lincolnshire river to help prevent a market town from flooding.

The Environment Agency has started work on a 200m (656ft) stretch of the River Bain in Horncastle.

Ian Russell, of the Environment Agency, said removing the silt would increase the volume of water the river could carry, helping to prevent flooding.

The work is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

"We are concentrating our efforts on removing silt from the most critical areas of the river where build-ups could increase the risk of flooding," said Mr Russell.

"Less silt also means that water can flow away from built up areas more quickly. This is particularly important during periods of heavy rainfall."

The silt, taken from a section of river between Jubilee Way and the Bull Ring Road bridge, will be used on farmland in the Bain valley.

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