Boston finally gets approval for tidal barrier - 4 years on from devastating floods

Boston is finally going to get its £100 million flood barrier.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, along with the Treasury, have given the go ahead for work to start in the new year.

It will protect 14,000 houses by putting a moveable gate across the River Witham, New defence walls will also be built as part of the scheme. 

Cllr Michael Cooper, Leader of Boston Borough Council said: “What a great Christmas present for Boston and all who live and do business here under the constant threat of flood. This is a truly massive investment in Boston, and a truly massive investment in confidence in Boston as a place to live, do business and grow  families and businesses."

"After the catastrophe which was the 2013 flood this will give us the best protection from flooding outside London. People here will be able to sleep easy on the stormiest of winter nights. This is a huge green light for growth and the future prosperity of Boston.”

Around 600 homes were flooded 4 years ago when the River Haven broke its banks, as a tidal surge battered the east coast.

Millions of pounds worth of damage was caused, with the Boston Stump among the buildings suffering as a result.

It was the worst flooding Lincolnshire had seen in 60 years.

 

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