Work begins to reduce flood risk for Horncastle residents

Work to reduce the risk of flooding to river bank properties near a Lincolnshire market town has begun.

The Environment Agency is spending £100,000 to repair damage on the Horncastle Canal and River Bain, near Horncastle.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said the scheme would reduce the risk of flooding to 21 properties in the area.

The work involves repairing damage caused by burrowing animals and repairs to ruts along the bank.

Alison Coulling, Environment Agency project manager, said: "The work will restore the condition of the banks before they deteriorate further.

"It will allow for safe access for maintenance to reduce the risk of a breach during flood conditions."

The work will take place upstream of Martin Lock on the Horncastle Canal and on the River Bain, upstream of Shearmans Wath bridge.

It is expected to last for seven weeks, the Environment Agency said.

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