Date set for start of multi-million pound flood defence works

January will see the start of works on North Lincolnshire’s £13m flood defence scheme.

To protect the villages of Burringham, Gunness and East Butterwick, sheet piles will be put in place along a 3.5km length of the River Trent.

Existing barriers would also be raised to defend homes in the Isle of Axholme area against flooding, the council said.

The plans come under part of North Lincolnshire Council’s £1.2bn wider scheme to build six new villages to the east of the River Trent.

Rob Waltham, leader of the council, said: "This extensive flood defence scheme will not only protect our existing villages on both sides of the Trent, it will provide protection for future generations in the six new Trentside villages planned for North Lincolnshire.

"Addressing flood issues is a number one priority and we are working on a number of schemes throughout North Lincolnshire, including South Ferriby and Winteringham Ings.”

He added: “Thanks to these new flood defences we can give residents, both current and future, peace of mind that their homes and communities are protected.”

The council have awarded the contract to fit the sheet piles on the river to building firm VBA Joint Venture, and work will begin after preparatory works are carried out.

The government will provide the funding for the flood defences.