Posted on January 1, 1970
It comes after the town was devastated by flooding last year
Boston MP Matt Warman has called continued dredging in Wainfleet a ‘vital’ piece of the puzzle in preventing another disaster in the town.
Nearly 600 homes were flooded last year after heavy rainfall saw the River Steeping burst its banks.
The resulting chaos devastated homes and left many people picking up the broken pieces of their lives well into 2020.
Locals called for dredging in the aftermath of the incident, which was later agreed by officials and has been taking place this during during the pandemic.
Boston’s parliamentary representative Matt Warman has issued an update and stressed how important it is that this work continues.
“This is a vital part of the plan to prevent the River Steeping flooding in future, and a great example of teamwork between national and local agencies including our Drainage Boards.
“To help the work get to this point I’ve had a large number of conversations with two Secretaries of State for the Environment, Michael Gove and George Eustice, the chair and chief executive of the Environment Agency, a host of local leaders and our local Drainage Boards.
“The result of all of us working together was a partnership plan that was supported by all parties and that attracted the necessary funding to get the job done.
“I know how important it is to do all that is possible to prevent flooding not just because of the damage to people’s homes and livelihoods but also for the long-lasting effects on residents’ mental health.
“I will, as ever, continue to follow progress closely, and I pay tribute to all those who have been involved in getting to this point, not least local Cllr Wendy Bowkett as well as many others.
“Huge thanks as well to local people, both for their patience while this work is done and for keeping their distance to allow the crew to get on safely with their work.
“I look forward to seeing the progress of the work in person as soon as possible, and in due course to holding a public session for residents to discuss it.”