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Environment Agency chief vows to set Boston Barrier on its way before he goes

Lord Smith during his visit to Boston to see the work the Environment Agency is doing following the December 5 floods. DJ 10/04/14 EMN-141104-115713001

Lord Smith during his visit to Boston to see the work the Environment Agency is doing following the December 5 floods. DJ 10/04/14 EMN-141104-115713001

The chairman of the Environment Agency has vowed that he is ‘determined’ to get the Boston Barrier on its way before he steps down.

Lord Chris Smith toured Lincolnshire on Thursday, examining the work the agency has been carrying out across the county and finding out about the range of flood risk management issues.

He praised the flood barrier, which he considered the ‘most important element of the EA’s plans.

He confirmed it will cost an estimated £90 million - with £79 million coming from the Environment Agency and £11 million coming from Lincolnshire County Council.

Lord Smith said: “I’m determined, before I formally step down as chairman of the EA in a few months time, to make sure this is well on it’s way to happening.”

He moved to reassure residents the barrier was in the correct place.

He said: “Very careful studies have been done to make sure it’s going to be in the best possible location, to ensure that the flood protection is as good as it can possible be.

“There’s a lot of engineering work, a lot of hydraulic work and a lot of careful modelling that has gone into it.”

Lord Smith also praised the efforts of the town on 
December 5, when the floods hit and said the aim now was to try to find more ways to improve the defences in Boston for the future and to ‘ensure that we can improve the protection in time’.

 

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