Lincolnshire

Louth canal work 'to cut flooding risk'

Work to remove 22,000 tonnes of silt from a Lincolnshire waterway will help prevent flooding, officials have said.

The Environment Agency is to clear a 10km (6.2 mile) of Louth Canal between Tetney Lock and the small hamlet of Austen Fen.

The three month project, which will close a nearby footpath, is designed to restore the capacity of the canal to allow water to flow faster.

As part of the project, owl boxes will be installed along the route.

The agency said the £60,000 work would help protect 70 properties and a water treatment facility.

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