Protecting villages from flooding peril

Environment Agency flood prevention work on the banks of Stonebridge Drain, Sibsey. Pictured Rick Light (left) and Matt Light of BTS Group cutting down overhanging vegetation.
Environment Agency flood prevention work on the banks of Stonebridge Drain, Sibsey. Pictured Rick Light (left) and Matt Light of BTS Group cutting down overhanging vegetation.

FLOOD prevention work has been carried out along the banks of a Boston drain to help protect nearby villages and farmland.

The Environment Agency (EA) has been busy cutting away overhanging branches from trees and shrubs from the banks of Stonebridge Drain, between Northlands and Sibsey.

Ian Russell, of the EA, said: “This work at the water’s edge will help the drain run freely in times of flood as overhanging branches can cause an obstruction during high flows. Items such as rubbish gets caught up causing water to back up, potentially breaching the banks. Removing this vegetation will reduce the risk of flooding to property and agriculture in areas upstream of Boston.”

One strange sight the workmen uncovered beneath the overhanging vegetation was a dead sheep lying on its back with its legs poking out the water. It is not known how the creature died.

The EA said the branches removed from the watercourse will be chipped and given to the Boston Woods Trust to use in Oakwood woodland, situated next to Westgate, Boston.

Adam Robinson, Operations Delivery Team Leader at the EA, said: “As well as reducing flood risk, the works on Stonebridge Drain will benefit the environment. The chipped branches will be used to mulch the floor of the woodland, helping to suppress weeds and promote the growth of new trees and wild plants.”

The works, which are costing around £18,000, are being carried out by BTS Utility Arb Limited on behalf of the EA. They are expected to take around five weeks to complete.