£500k defence work complete

Slippery Gowt
Slippery Gowt

£500,000 flood defence works have been completed in Boston to protect more than 500 homes and businesses.

The improvements at Slippery Gowt come after the defence was damaged during the December 2013 tidal surge.

The bank has been strengthened with sheet piles and 10,000 tonnes of clay, raised by 1m and widened from 1.5m to 4m.

The improved defence will help reduce the risk of flooding to more than 500 homes and businesses, including the Haven Business Park.

Operations manager at the Environment Agency Leigh Edlin said: “The repairs and improvements to the Slippery Gowt flood bank means it can continue to reduce flood risk to people living and working in the area for many years.

“Although flood banks help reduce the risk of flooding, it’s still important for people to realise that flooding cannot always be prevented – but you can further reduce your risk by signing up for free flood warnings from the Environment Agency.”

Work on the bank began in 2013, when repairs were made to plug a 45m gap caused by high tides combined with the tidal surge, meaning water overtopped the banks and eroded the soft silt beneath.

The £500,000 reconstruction work was undertaken in partnership with FCC Environment.