A new £800,000 scheme to manage surface water at Stamp End will reduce the risk of flooding to roads, homes and businesses during heavy rainfall.

Back in 2007, 200 residents of Shuttleworth House had to be evacuated from their homes to escape floods. Following heavy rainfall the area around Lytton Street, Stamp End and Cannon Street was overwhelmed with surface water, power to the building was lost and firefighters used boats to rescue people.

Lincolnshire County Council, the Lead Local Flood Authority, is now promoting a multi-partner scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to Shuttleworth House and other homes in the area, as well as the local roads.

A new pumping station on the North Delph will help pump flood water away from Stamp End and out to the River Witham. This also means making improvements to the Anglian Water surface water sewers so that they can carry more water to the new pump.

Low flood barriers made of recycled plastic and landscaping will also be installed around Shuttleworth House and houses on Cannon Street to help defend them from water.

Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for Economic development, environment, planning and tourism, said:

“I am pleased to see the local authorities, the water company and local land owners coming together to help protect the community at Stamp End from flooding during heavy rain.

"Recent events in other parts of the country have reminded us of the misery that flooding causes so it is important that we take steps to protect our vulnerable communities most at risk.

"It is therefore gratifying to see the various organisations working in partnership to make this happen here."

Jonathan Glerum, Anglian Water’s Flood Risk Manager, said:

“When it rains, surface water washes off of nearby roofs, roads and other hard surfaces, and collects in the Stamp End area. It has caused localised flooding in the past and affected up to 77 homes in severe conditions. But now this new scheme –- will help improve our sewers and the council drains in that area, and significantly reduce the chance of this happening in future.

“Anglian Water has set aside a pot of money specifically to fund partnership flood schemes like this and we’re delighted that Lincoln is one of the first areas to benefit from it.”

“These schemes are only possible by teaming up with the other organisations also responsible for the wider drainage network.”

The improvements, which will take place between May and September 2016, are being jointly funded by Lincolnshire County Council, Anglian Water and Witham 1st District Internal Drainage Board and a grant from DEFRA.

Western Power, Bifrangi UK Ltd., and Stamp End Service Station and Car Sales have allowed access over their property to allow the scheme to be completed.