Lincolnshire

Boston's flood barrier plans on display

Rescue teams in Boston Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Residents were rescued from their homes and businesses after the River Haven burst its banks in 2013

Residents in a town badly affected by floods last year will get their first glimpse of how a barrier will look.

Thousands of homes in Boston, Lincolnshire, were damaged in a tidal surge last December.

Plans to build a £90m flood barrier on the River Haven were originally announced in 2010 but the project has been hit by delays.

The Environment Agency said the scheme was now moving forward but there had been "significant changes".

Exhibitions have been organised for people living in the town to see how the barrier could look.

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Image caption The barrier has been proposed close to the town's Black Sluice pumping station

The defences will be built near the Black Sluice pumping station and protect up to 20,000 properties.

Senior coastal adviser for the Environment Agency Mark Robinson said: "This is a very exciting time in the development of the barrier and we want people to come along and find out more.

"The exhibitions are also a great opportunity to ask us any questions and find out how the barrier will benefit Boston for years to come."

Construction on the barrier is expected to start in 2017.

A public consultation on the project runs until December.

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