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Statement: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency have released a statement over Lincolnshire famers calls for better flood protection:

The Environment Agency compares investment in dredging, desilting, weed control, maintaining defences, clearing blockages, and pumping water from flooded land to find the most effective use of the funds available.

Other effective flood alleviation measures include building of physical defences, and schemes that hold excessive rainwater further upstream, such as those that involve a flood storage reservoirs that release water at a controlled rate.

Dredging and desilting are done where they will improve a channel’s ability to carry increased river flows, but in some circumstances dredging is not the best long-term or economic solution compared to other flood risk measures.

– The Environment Agency

Lincolnshire farmers call for better flood protection

Farmers across lincolnshire are calling for more government investment to protect their land from flooding.

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Although many parts of the county have escaped the deluge thats been seen around the themes valley, they feel without future investment their crops and livelihoods could suffer too.

Some farmers have taken to dredging their own dykes as a last ditch attempt to prevent their land from flooding.

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Farmers' race against time after storm

Farmers are facing a race against time to repair damaged flood defences on the Humber, with forecasts of another higher than normal tide on New Year's Day.

Earlier this month defences were overwhelmed by the worst storm surge in 60 years as it swept down the estuary, leaving hundreds of acres of farmland under sea water.

With the backing of the Environment Agency, farmers and landowners are currently carrying out repairs.

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Charity offers health checks because farmers "notoriously bad" at visiting doctors

Heather Dawes, a nurse from the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network

Heather Dawes - a nurse who works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network - says farmers are notoriously bad for not going to the doctors because of their busy lifestyles.

Because of this she offers health screening as part of the charity's work.

The charity says there has been a 20 per cent increase in farmers contacting the charity - some threatening to take their lives.

Charity says farmers are threatening to commit suicide over industry decline

Alison Twiddy works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth Credit: Kate Hemingway

A support charity for farmers in Lincolnshire says its recently helped at least five depressed farmers who were so down they were threatening to take their own lives.

The Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth says its seen a 20 percent year on year increase in farmers contacting it over the last two years. The charity is expecting more calls at the end of the summer as a result of the bad weather and the threat of diseases like bovine TB.

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