22/02/10 Fiskerton to get £100k flood defence

FLOODING problems which have dogged a village for more than 20 years could finally be resolved thanks to a £100,000 project.

The scheme will be discussed at a public meeting in Fiskerton, near Lincoln, on March 4.

The remedy is to intercept water from the north of the village and then divert it through existing pipes under the village – rather than through it – to drains to the south and then out to the North Delph drain.

West Lindsey District Council, the Third Witham Internal Drainage Board, Morris Homes and the parish council have been working on the scheme to reduce the amount of ground water getting into the sewage and drainage systems to reduce the risk of flooding all over the village.

The district council’s public protection manager Chris Allen said there was still some detailed design work to be done and finance had to be secured.

“But if something is not done the problems will only get worse and the public meeting will be a chance for local people to get answers to their questions and be reassured about the project,” he said.

The new drainage system has been designed to resist a six hour storm with an additional 30 per cent capacity built in to allow for climate change.

“The resilience of this proposed scheme far exceeds anything else being planned in the district,” said Mr Allen.

“We believe the scheme will relieve at least six known problem areas in the village by allowing the existing systems to function normally.

“In turn this will allow us to focus our attention on repairs and upgrades that are actually needed.”