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Sea defence repairs start this week

Work starts this week to repair flood-damaged sea defences in Cleethorpes and Humberston Fitties.

The east of coast of England was hit by the largest ever recorded tidal surge on 5 December 2013 and the Humber Estuary experienced significant flooding.

In North East Lincolnshire, the sea defences along the seafront were overtopped and significant damage occurred, particularly at Humberston Fitties.

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with Cofely, successfully claimed severe weather recovery funds from the Environment Agency to cover the cost of repairs to the coastal defences.

A total of £220,000 was secured to undertake works including: - replacing 90 metre stretch of gabion wall with new wall - removal of track and hard standing along the sand dune defences. - Repairs to the sea walls of the North Promenade and Kingsway.

The work will take until mid-April 2015 to complete.

“The tidal surge that hit the area in December 2013 showed just how vulnerable the area is to the threat of flooding, but it could have been much worse. “We need to make sure our defences are up to the job and these essential works will help protect our communities from the future threat of flooding.”

– Cllr David Watson, North East Lincolnshire Council


Repair work starts on Boston's flood defences

Work to repair flood defences in Boston, after the town suffered huge amounts of damage in last year's tidal surge, have got underway today.

A temporary defence is being ripped out of the banks of the River Witham to be replaced by a new, stronger brick wall. It is one of four areas which have been flagged up as a priority.

The Environment Agency is aiming to complete the work before the spring tide at the beginning of next month. Matt Price reports.