Boston’s flood risk downgraded

Boston’s flood risk is set to be downgraded after a recommendation by a borough council committee.

The authority’s audit committee reduced the flood risk level from three to two after it decided the higher figure was unwarranted in the town.

It could mean that it becomes easier for residents in the town to gain insurance for their homes, as the high number has previously caused issues with regards to that.

The announcement about the change, which has to be approved by the council’s cabinet, was made at the authority’s full council meeting last week.

It comes as negotiations are underway for the Boston Barrier – a scheme which is set to reduce the town’s risk of flooding six-fold, from one in 50 to one in 300.

The £45 million structure, which will be built just downstream of the Black Sluice Lock, is set to be in place by spring 2018.

The Environment Agency is currently preparing an application to the Government for the barrier.

Earlier this year, Boston was revealed to top the list of areas of the UK at the highest risk of flooding.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) revealed that people living in the area would have issues gaining home insurance next year when a Government agreement which forces firms to offer policies expires.

Coun Richard Leggott, chairman of the audit committee, told the meeting he hoped the ABI would take notice of the downgrade.

A council spokesman added after the meeting: “It was noted and acknowledged by committee members that while recent weather events had caused big flood problems in many parts of Britain this had not been the case in Boston.”

Members of the public were invited along to have their say on how risk is managed in the area at an event on Wednesday (1 August) at the Assembly Rooms.

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